The 2018 NFL draft is in the books and we’ve had nearly 24 hours to digest the results. Now, it’s time to look back on each pick and make an early declaration for how good or bad those picks were.
The Los Angeles Chargers had a mission in the draft. That mission was to find as many defensive playmakers as possible and after the first four rounds were complete, Tom Telesco had to feel pretty good about what he’d accomplished. The last three picks all felt like players the team decided to take fliers on after getting what they wanted out of the first four rounds.
With that in mind, let’s look back on each pick and hand out some grades. At the end, we’ll see how Telesco and his staff did this time around.
First Round, No. 17 overall: Derwin James, safety, Florida State
Ask around and you won’t find too many Chargers fans who don’t express two feelings when it comes to this pick, shock and excitement. Shock because hardly anyone expected him to be available at No. 17 and excitement for what he’ll bring to the field as a playmaker and future Pro-Bowl type player.
Derwin James has few weaknesses and he will become an impact player almost immediately in Gus Bradley’s defense, similar to Kam Chancellor when Bradley was in Seattle.
The secondary in Los Angeles is going to be scary, and I’m not talking about the Rams. A defensive backfield that includes Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams, Jahleel Addae, Desmond King and now, James, is one that no one is going to be too eager to go up against next season.
This was a home-run pick for the Bolts.