The Los Angeles Chargers boast one of the most talented rosters in the NFL; let’s rank them! Here’s the No. 19 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 selected 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?
Isaac Rochell was the first member of the Chargers to make the list last time, and deservedly so. At No.19, next on this list, is a player who outplayed his draft status (as in, undrafted) when thrust into action last year: CB Michael Davis.
2018: 50 combined tackles, eight passes defended
2018 PFF grade: 71.2 (36th-ranked, Above Average)
2018 snap count: 60.42 percent
Why he makes the list:
Davis, as Trevor Williams did in 2017, stepped in for injured cornerbacks starting ahead of him and remained the No. 2 opposite Casey Hayward for the remainder of the season. Though it wasn’t a perfect set of starts for the former undrafted player, No. 43 did show enough promise to warrant an opportunity to earn an official starting job this season. Granted, he rarely did more than stay five yards off the receiver and drop back into coverage, but he performed well in doing so.
This ranking within the top 20 is earned, but he does have a chance to improve his spot as the season progresses.
Why he isn’t higher:
As it was with Isaac Rochell, Davis isn’t an official starter. Davis will compete with Williams throughout the summer and preseason to earn the second starting spot. One area Davis could improve is run support. When a receiver or tight end catches a screen pass, No. 43 looks great flying to the ball to make a tackle. However, when a running back takes a handoff, Davis appears to wait until the play comes to him and is often out of position to make a play. He also was penalized four times for 73 yards on pass interference calls (though some are debatable), and could look to work on finding the ball and making a play rather than grab onto the receiver.