Nominees: Derwin James, Joey Bosa, Keenan Allen, Desmond King, Melvin Gordon
Enough has been said about James, and in a betting world I’m sure he’s the favorite to win the award among fans. Bosa is an animal when healthy, and should rebound in 2019. Allen has had the longest career of all the selections, being the only remaining member of the 2013 draft class. King is starting to become a legitimately elite two-way player, and could solidify himself as one of the best players in the NFL in his third season. Melvin Gordon has improved in every year since he was selected, and is a threat to break 150 total yards every game.
What makes a “best pick?” To me, that’s a combination of both overall talent, value, and career. Gordon is the first eliminated, as his career has only been better over the second half of his career, and has little value as a first round running back Telesco traded up for. Bosa is the next eliminated, simply because last year was nothing like his first two in the league. And, how much value can you have as the third overall pick? I would love to say it’s James, and he could very well be one of the greatest Chargers’ defenders ever, but he’s had just one season.
This one comes down to Allen and King. Allen has had by far the better career and is a top receiver found in the third round, but King has even better value as a fifth round selection who made the All-Pro list as both a defensive back and a returner. Here’s the tiebreaker: who has the biggest impact on game day for the Chargers?
Winner: Keenan Allen
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