Round 4 (119th overall): Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
The Chargers might not select an offensive lineman after taking three in last year’s draft and re-signing tackle/guard Michael Schofield this offseason, but replacing starting right tackle Joseph Barskdale needs to happen sooner than later–and Alex Cappa is a good bet to do just that.
Cappa will finish you Mortal Kombat-style. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said Cappa had the nastiest tape he’s ever seen. I mean, just look at what he did to first-round prospect Marcus Davenport during 1-on-1s at the Senior Bowl practices.
Scouts say Cappa is a solid run blocker who has good length (6-foot-6, 306 pounds and 33-inch arms) and athleticism. More importantly, he’s been durable. According to his profile on NFL.com, Cappa started every game from 2014-17.
Even though Cappa is a bit raw and played Division II football (a reason why he isn’t going higher), he’s what Anthony Lynn is looking for in a lineman. Ohio State’s Jamarco Jones is another option. He’s a solid tackle who thrives in pass blocking but will tumble because of the lack of athleticism. Also, Round 3 is probably more realistic.
Round 5 (155th overall) John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
The Chargers have Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, but it’s smart to add more depth at the position. More importantly, they should look to find a true backup to Gordon, who has been overworked as of late.
John Kelly sat behind Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara for two years and was even underused in his final year at Tennessee. However, he had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in his first year as a starter. He carried the ball 189 times for 778 rushing yards, as well as caught 37 passes for 299 yards, all of which were career highs.
The 5-foot-10, 216-pounder doesn’t have the breakaway speed scouts crave, but he runs very angry and is one of the more physical backs in this class. He also has amazing contact balance and can deliver a mean stiff arm. He didn’t run the 40 at the combine but clocked a 4.5 at his pro day; that number would have ranked sixth among backs who participated at the combine.
It’s worth noting that Kelly had a run in with the law last season. He was cited for a misdemeanor drug possession (marijuana). Regardless, this would be a steal for the Chargers, who would be very excited to add this underrated and talented back out of Tennessee. If the Chargers want a larger, more athletic back, Arizona State’s Kalen Ballege could be the pick here. Ballage is versatile but needs to improve his overall game, especially when it comes to his vision.