Chargers January 2020 mock draft: Rounds 4 and 5
Round 4, Pick 102: WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC
During the back half of the season, the Chargers really were playing games with two wide receivers. The Chargers were injured at the position all year, with names like Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, and Geremy Davis all going down. It’s possible none of those players are back next year if the Chargers look to revamp the receiver group.
Wide receiver could be something that’s hit on in free agency and the draft. From a draft standpoint, the guy that drew my interest out of what was available in the fourth round was Michael Pittman Jr.
His main knock is speed, which is understandable. However, speed was also considered a con of another Chargers draft pick-Keenan Allen. Route running and getting the catches are ultimately what matters, and Pittman has some great jump ball skills.
His numbers this year were incredibly impressive seeing as USC went through multiple quarterbacks, but he was able to adapt. His pro comparison might be something like Mike Williams but a little better when it comes to possession catching.
So JT Daniels has an arm, huh?
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 14, 2018
Round 5, Pick 133: CB Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon
The Chargers need some more ammunition at cornerback, and Thomas Graham Jr. might fit the bill. Graham feels like a sleeper to me. Just watching his film, there’s somewhat of a surprise on my end that he’s only projected as a fifth-rounder.
He isn’t the most athletic, which is part of it. But his intangibles are really sound. Great tackling and reaction skills have him really high for me.
He’s a ball hawk that seems to be buzzing around the ball all the time. He led Oregon’s defense in passes defended in 2018 as an underclassman, which is incredibly impressive. His effort in finishing plays, as well as his physicality, pop off the screen.
Two games into studying Oregon's defense and CB Thomas Graham has been one of my favorites so far. Love his effort and physicality which is fully on display on this rep. He's the outside corner on the bottom of your screen. pic.twitter.com/56K4QgArjm
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) June 13, 2019