Chargers Draft

Los Angeles Chargers 2018 NFL draft grades

LA Chargers "Pick is In" during the 2018 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
LA Chargers "Pick is In" during the 2018 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 11: Dylan Cantrell #14 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders tries to get by Grayland Arnold #4 of the Baylor Bears during the first half of the game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 11, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 11: Dylan Cantrell #14 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders tries to get by Grayland Arnold #4 of the Baylor Bears during the first half of the game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 11, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Sixth Round, No. 191 overall: Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech

A shifty receiver from Texas Tech, Dylan Cantrell was one of the better under-the-radar receivers in the draft. He’s a tough player who isn’t afraid of contact and is also solid as a blocker in the running game.

During the past two seasons at Texas Tech, Cantrell caught 129 passes for 1,491 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Chargers have Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin but the team will likely keep at least five wide receivers on the final roster and there’s no doubt that Cantrell could be that No. 5 guy.

For the 191st pick in the draft, it seems like the team got good value here.

Grade: B+

Seventh Round, Pick No. 251 overall: Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern

It’s a seventh-round pick so it’s hard to get too excited, but I liked this pick. Justin Jackson ranks No. 11 on the NCAA’s all-time rushing list with  5,440 rushing yards. He added 41 touchdowns on the ground to become the most decorated running back in school history.

Coming into the draft, the Chargers had just two running backs — Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler — on the roster. Because of that fact, Jackson comes in with an excellent chance to make the squad.

At 5-11 and just over 200 pounds, he’s not the biggest guy, but he can make plays in space and catch the ball out of the backfield to chip in on third downs.

The Chargers still need to find a bruising runner at some point to help out on short-yardage and goal-line situations (unless they’re fine with Gordon handling that role), but at this late stage of the draft process, Jackson was a solid pick.

Grade: B+

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