Chargers Revealed as Early Favorite to Draft Elite Offensive Prospect

The 2024 NFL Draft is still a couple of months away, but the sportsbooks believe the Chargers will take Brock Bowers in the first round.
Nov 11, 2023; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) runs after a catch
Nov 11, 2023; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) runs after a catch / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With Super Bowl 58 officially in the books, all 32 NFL teams are now gearing up for what should be a wild offseason, which begins in March with free agency. However, after we get through free agency, the attention will be focused on the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a tough 2023 season where they won five games. But the Chargers have a new head coach in Jim Harbaugh and the No. 5 overall pick, which could bring them an instant playmaker on offense or defense.

FanDuel Sportsbook already has betting odds on who they believe the Chargers will take in the first round, and fans should be ecstatic as it will be another weapon for Justin Herbert.

Chargers NFL Draft Odds: Los Angeles Favored to Take Brock Bowers at No. 5 Overall

Los Angeles is currently the favorite at +250 odds to draft Brock Bowers in April’s NFL draft, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The New York Jets have the second-best odds (+550) to draft the former Georgia tight end, followed by the Indianapolis Colts (+750).

It’s not shocking to see the Chargers as the favorite for Bowers, as he would be the best player available on the board. 

Los Angeles doesn’t need any of the top three quarterbacks (Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Drake Maye) and probably won’t draft Rome Odunze or Malik Nabers after taking Quentin Johnston in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Therefore, that leaves Bowers at No. 5, who would be an immediate upgrade over veteran tight end Gerald Everett, who will become an unrestricted free agent in March. 

Bowers had a ridiculous three-year run at Georgia that saw him enter the conversation as one of the best players in college football as a freshman. In 2021, Bowers had 56 receptions for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns (career-high). 

Over his three-year collegiate career with the Bulldogs, Bowers posted 175 receptions for 2,538 yards and scored 31 total touchdowns (26 receiving). The 6-foot-4 tight end can block and has the athleticism to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses on Sundays.

A lot can change between now and draft night in April, but the Chargers should look to find someone who can help out Herbert, not only for the present but the future as well.

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