Round 5, pick 155
Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma
As you can tell by my mock draft choice in the second round, I believe this Oklahoma offensive line was the best In the country.
Dru Samia started 34 out 38 games at right guard and is able to play left guard as well. Though he isn’t the biggest or the strongest, he’s one of the best run blockers in this year’s class.
Here’s what The Draft Network had to say about Samia.
If he truly is the best pulling guard in the nation. given how much Melvin Gordon gets the rock it most definitely wouldn’t be a bad thing to have a guard that athletic.
He does have trouble with longer and stronger defensive tackles although from what I saw he’s never been dominated on the line of scrimmage. As far as pass blocking, he did struggle against quicker defensive linemen with violent hands.
All in all, I think he can be a plug and play with the Chargers in the 2019 season. I’d like to see the starting O-line look like Okung, Dan Feeney or Forrest Lamp, Pouncey, Samia, Ford.
Round 6, pick 187
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss
With Philip Rivers getting older, the Chargers will eventually have to start looking for his successor. As much as people think he can, he can’t play forever.
This is the year they do.
Jordan Ta’amu hasn’t gotten nearly as much praise as he should have these past few months leading up to the draft. That’s fine because Tom Telesco and his team will see what a naturally gifted arm and extremely athletic legs this guy has.
Ta’amu has all the athletic ability and intangibles an organization could want. Although all the knocks on Ta’amu are his mental processing and his field vision. He’s been known to force the ball in tight windows and forget that there are safeties on the field.
He threw for 3,918 yards, 18 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Those aren’t crazy stats, but, when you watch his film you see a natural playmaking ability and an almost untapped potential in his passing game.
One of his best traits is his rushing ability. Over his two years at Ole Miss he’s rushed for 10 touchdowns and almost 400 yards. He’s no Lamar Jackson but he’s a lot more mobile than the guy we have now.
Overall I really believe he’s one of the more gifted quarterbacks in this draft. Even though he isn’t receiving the Drew Lock praise he might have a future as bright as his in years to come.
Round 7, pick 219
Derrick Baity, CB, Kentucky
Let me just say I love watching defensive backs on film. Regardless if they’re top 10 or top 50 on the big board. I think that this prospect out of the University of Kentucky has the juice.
This guy has the speed and the size to match up with the more talented and experienced receivers in the NFL.
He has excellent footwork and extremely good body control. With the Chargers possibly losing Jason Verrett and with Michael Davis playing for a starting corner spot, the Chargers will need another long and aggressive corner to mold and groom behind Casey Hayward.
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Watching Baity’s film I saw a player with a knack for contact and the ability to lay the wood on a screen if needed.
He does struggle when he’s engaged with a blocker and can easily get lost in the wash. Derrick has decent ball skills when in man coverage although when playing zone he can sit back and contest any route coming his way.
I will say he needs to work on getting his head around especially on deeper, more vertical routes. When he’s in the receiver’s kitchen with hands on he’s pretty consistent on breaking up throws and leveraging with the sideline.
Over his four years, he’s racked up 148 total tackles, six interceptions and 25 passes defended.
The reason I think he’s got the juice is he’s always where the ball is and in the NFL if you’re a ballhawk you’ll stay on a roster for a long time.