Winner: Sam Tevi
It seemed almost guaranteed that the Chargers would draft a right tackle in this draft. Well, they did, but Trey Pipkins is almost certainly not going to be ready to crack the starting lineup anytime soon.
Tevi struggled at key moments last year but looking at the depth chart as it currently stands, who else will they start the season with?
Pipkins is the definition of a project player. Yes, he only gave up two sacks in 43 games but he comes from Sioux Falls and will be going against much stiffer competition the next time he suits up. He has promise, but to expect him to take Tevi’s job at this moment is unrealistic.
Tevi will be slotted in at right tackle to begin training camp in all likelihood and it will be his job to lose. He’ll need to be much better than the last time we saw him against the New England Patriots.
Loser: Cardale Jones
The Cardale Jones experiment is all but officially over following the selection of Easton Stick. The Chargers could theoretically release him at any time unless they just want to keep him on the roster through the preseason.
With the addition of Stick, the Chargers have three quarterbacks that fit into the team’s plans in one way, shape or form. Jones does not.
He’s been with the team for the past two seasons but he has struggled in pretty much every setting he’s been in, including the fourth quarter of some preseason games against many players deep on the depth chart.
That’s a pretty far fall for a guy who was the winning quarterback of the team that won the first national championship in the new college playoff format.