Chargers Draft

Chargers rookie power rankings through two games

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 18: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks quarterback Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints during the first half of their pre seaon football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 18: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks quarterback Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints during the first half of their pre seaon football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 26: Nasir Adderley #23 of the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens tackles Quinshad Davis #14 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 41-14. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 26: Nasir Adderley #23 of the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens tackles Quinshad Davis #14 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 41-14. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Chargers sixth-ranked rookie: Nasir Adderley

This ranking has nothing to do with the player Adderley is; in fact, talent alone would place him in the top three. But this ranking is solely thanks to his inability to play in any capacity for the Chargers at this point.

Adderley has not seen either of the team’s first two preseason games, and has not been practicing for weeks. The rookie was expected to start at free safety following the departure of Jahleel Addae; while that may remain true, he’s currently making up no ground behind Rayshawn Jenkins. Following the team’s loss to the Saints, Adderley isn’t even the team’s most discussed second or third string safety; those distinctions belong to Jaylen Watkins and Roderic Teamer. Adderley may not truly be behind either of them on the depth chart once he returns, but for now, he’s done next to nothing through the preseason.

Chargers fifth-ranked rookie: Cortez Broughton

Broughton finally began to flash in his second preseason game, appearing in 31 snaps on defense. His snaps were the most by any defensive tackle, an increase from a smaller workload last game. Registering a tackle and a quarterback hit, the rookie defensive lineman has yet to truly have a breakout game. With half the preseason to go, though, expect the disruptive interior force to find his groove.

Unfortunately, there’s another defensive tackle on this list stealing the show…

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