The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the NFL’s most talented teams from top to bottom and those outside of just the team’s fanbase are beginning to realize that.
The Chargers have superstars all over the field and few weaknesses, the kind of roster all 32 teams shoot for each season. Recently, ESPN put together a list, ranking each team’s roster from best to worst with the help of Pro Football Focus.
These grades were based on each team’s projected starters combined with PFF’s rating system, which grades every player on every play from the previous season.
The Chargers landed favorably on that list, coming in at No. 6. Who is in front of them, you ask? In order, the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.
Cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Desmond King are listed as the team’s biggest strength, but there is no mention of Trevor Williams, who will likely be more of a “starter” than King.
To no surprise, the offensive line is listed as the team’s biggest weakness and there’s really no argument there. We have talked ad nauseam about that group and will likely continue to do so as the offseason continues.
Mike Williams is chosen as the team’s X-factor player here, which is interesting. Hunter Henry seems like more of an X-factor but the reasoning behind Williams ties to the return of Henry, so there’s a common train of thought there.
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How do you feel about where the Chargers rank on this list and how many of those five teams actually have a more complete roster than the Bolts?
For fun, here is where the rest of the AFC West was slotted:
- Kansas City Chiefs, No. 7
- Denver Broncos, No. 22
- Oakland Raiders, No. 28
Those all seem about right too so if there’s anything to take away here, it’s that according to this post, the Chargers have the best roster in the AFC West and should be considered the favorites to win the division as a result.
The Chargers haven’t won the AFC West since 2009.