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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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Quarterback Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass as he is pressured by Cameron Malveaux #94 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL pre-season game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Quarterback Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass as he is pressured by Cameron Malveaux #94 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL pre-season game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Chargers fourth-ranked rookie: Emeke Egbule

Egbule, according to ESPN, did not register a tackle, sack, quarterback hit, or pass defense in the game against the Saints. So why is he ranked fourth?

Egbule edges out someone like Broughton because of his placement on the depth chart as an outside linebacker capable of both defense and special teams. What’s more, his game against the Cardinals netted him three tackles and a key forced fumble, which is more productive (sadly?) than the three rookies ranked five through seven.

He’s the second-string outside linebacker behind Uchenna Nwosu, tying him for highest on the depth chart out of the entire draft class.

Chargers third-ranked rookie: Easton Stick

Who is Easton Stick, really? Is he the guy who throws terrible interceptions, or the guy who makes key touch throws and long touchdown scampers? Here’s what he definitely is: A fifth-round pick who needs time to develop.

At the very least, Stick could use a break. On Sunday, there were a number of problems on offense not directly related to him that caused drives to stall, including a bizarre face mask penalty on running back Detrez Newsome. Pipkins is also not doing him any favors, making it more difficult to feel comfortable as a passer when the blindside protector is a turnstile.

Stick was quickly crowned the third-string quarterback by fans, but the rookie does have much further to go. Making things worse for him is Cardale Jones having a surprisingly good game, though no one would bet on a repeat performance. If Stick wants to hang around on the roster at all, he’ll need to take better care of the football.

Still, he’s done more good in his limited action than the previous four players, albeit with mistakes that were more egregious. Let’s see if he can handle things better in the third game.

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