COSTA MESA, Calif. — When the fifth round came, the Chargers decided to add some offensive line depth by drafting Jordan McFadden from Clemson.
McFadden said he had no clue where he was headed when speaking to the media after being drafted, but his head coach did.
“It’s kind of funny because [Clemson Head] Coach [Dabo] Sweeney, he came up to me a couple of days ago, and he was like, ‘I think you’re going to the Chargers,'” McFadden said. “I didn’t pay him any mind to it or anything. I was just laughing. To get that call and realize that he was kind of right, that just super exciting and really funny to me.”
He played both tackle positions at Clemson, which is over 1,500 snaps, while only allowing two quarterback hits. McFadden might be better suited at guard.
“I would say that I’ve heard a lot of moving inside,” McFadden said. “I’ve definitely heard some tackle talk, for sure. But I would say that the majority of it was moving inside.”
The Chargers are doing the same thing with their sixth-round draft pick of 2022, Jamaree Salyer, who played left tackle for them out of necessity. He had a strong rookie season, so the Chargers have decided, due to Rashawn Slater being back at left tackle, to move Salyer to right guard.
Maybe lighting strikes twice.
“My biggest thing is trying to get on the field and help the team win the best way that I can,” McFadden said. “Whichever way I can do that, I’m excited.”