2025 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #12

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LA Chargers
Princely Umanmielen
12

Ole Miss

EDGE



The LA Chargers have been dragging their fans up and down a maddening two-year cycle of showing enough talent and promise to raise hopes, then falling apart in every agonizing way to let those hopes come crashing down. This year, the hope is that celebrity coach Jim Harbaugh will get the promise and the performance to align in a smooth, upward arc. It's Justin Herbert's team, with star power elsewhere like safety Derwin James, edge rushers Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa, and OT Rashwan Slater. Harbaugh was able to yank an underperforming 49ers roster into a 7-win improvement a decade ago, and long-suffering Bolts fans hope he has another of those up his sleeve.

The outcome of this regime change will have a huge impact on the Chargers' draft priorities. To begin with, going from 5 to 12 wins would move the team from a lottery pick to the mid-20s. And it figures that various current stars will either jell or chafe at Harbaugh's rah-rah routine, which will then impact team needs for 2025. One thread that makes sense on multiple levels, though, is that Harbaugh will use premium draft capital to build up front - on both sides of the ball. With Bosa a high injury risk and Mack in his mid-30s, it figures that young pass rushing talent will be a priority. Regardless, it promises to be a fascinating watch!

-- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst




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