The Los Angeles Chargers boast one of the most talented rosters in the NFL; let’s rank them! Here’s the No. 20 ranked player…
The Los Angeles Chargers were named the NFL’s most complete team by NFL.com columnist Adam Schein, who believes the team is both loaded with starting talent and very capable depth. It’s hard to blame him; after all, the team had seven of its players elected to the Pro-Bowl last year, and three made First-Team All-Pro. It’s a roster full of talent, but who is the best?
20 players from the Los Angeles Chargers were ranked, in an order that will surely be met with nothing but applause and admiration. Just making the cut is today’s player, and the 20th ranked player on the Chargers: DE Isaac Rochell.
2017: Four combined tackles, one sack
2018: 29 combined tackles, five sacks, one interception
2018 PFF grade: 55.1 (average)
2018 snap count: 51.74 percent on defense, 40 percent on special teams
Best 2018 Play:
Sacking quarterback Patrick Mahomes on third-and-13 with 3:30 left to go in the fourth quarter to give the Chargers the ball back to win the game.
Why he makes it:
It was hard to not include Damion Square on this list, as well as some of the other players not listed in the previous honorable mentions. Rochell makes the cut because he has room to grow, as he has over the past two seasons. Square has the better career numbers, but there’s a good chance Rochell takes another step forward this year and solidifies himself as the better player.
It’s hard to not root for a former seventh round draft choice who finds a way to make the rotation and succeed on defense. Even when Joey Bosa returned from injury, Rochell was still present on roughly 40 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. His five sacks in 2018 were third-best on the team and a personal career high.
Why he’s not higher in the rankings:
At the end of the day, Rochell is not a starter. He has only been in the league for two seasons, which means he could improve his ranking in the future but for now does not have a large sample size of both games played and snaps.