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Los Angeles Chargers: Winners and losers following NFL draft

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Sam Tevi #69 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Sam Tevi #69 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images
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Winner: Michael Davis

Going into the draft, some thought the Chargers would be looking to add depth at the cornerback position. Trevor Williams missed more than half of the season with injury but is currently the starting cornerback opposite Casey Hayward following the team moving on from Jason Verrett.

It’s a vote of confidence for Williams that the team didn’t draft a corner (or couldn’t find one worth taking) but it’s even better news for a guy like Michael Davis, who started in place of Williams last year and played better than many people will give him credit for.

Davis finished the season with 40 tackles, two forced fumbles and eight pass deflections.

Without having another cornerback on the roster, Davis’ roster spot in 2019 might be secure and on top of that, he might be given a fair chance to take the starting job from Williams.

Loser: Jaylen Watkins

The Chargers chose to re-sign Watkins this offseason despite him missing the entire 2018 season and then the team released Jahleel Addae. There were plenty of question marks at the safety position aside from Derwin James.

Those questions were answered when the team chose Nasir Adderley in the second round.

Watkins and Adderley are going to be the starters and Adrian Phillips will remain in the role he was in last year. Where does that leave Watkins and Rayshawn Jenkins? There may only be room for one of them and if that’s the case, the uphill climb for Watkins, who hasn’t played since 2017, just got a lot tougher.

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