Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: 10 sleeper draft prospects that fit the team

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 30: Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball in the second half the Capital One Orange Bowl against the at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 30: Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball in the second half the Capital One Orange Bowl against the at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

DT Jordan Elliott, Missouri

The Chargers recently cut Brandon Mebane and signed Linval Joseph. Other than Joseph, the other defensive tackles on the roster are Jerry Tillery, Justin Jones, and Cortez Broughton. While Jones improved last year and there is a good chance for Tillery to develop in the offseason, the team could still use another tackle. The draft has some pretty good ones.

As far as sleepers go, Jordan Elliott is a quality choice. He’s ranked between the third and fourth rounds right now. My February mock draft had him selected in the fourth round to the Chargers.

In terms of defensive tackles in this draft, there’s not many better than Elliott when it comes to the pass rush. PFF gave him the highest college career pass-rush grade in the 2020 class. That’s above prospects like Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw, who both are taken way ahead of Elliott in mock drafts all the time.

Elliott’s draft stock is ultimately lower because he only became a starter in 2019. General managers are going to be hesitant on a prospect without much of a track record, even if a lot of the intangibles and raw skills are there.

What really sells me on Elliott is the lower body strength and the amount of effort he’s really willing to give on each play. Sure, pad level is questionable sometimes and he’s probably not going to get a lot of sacks. But his quickness, strength, and effort really give me a lot of belief that he can not just develop at the next level, but thrive.

Mizzou DL Jordan Elliott declared for the draft. Effort level never seems to be a question, and he can pop off for plays like this#WNSFilm pic.twitter.com/ha6E4OPByN

— Mike Spencer Hrynyshyn (@MikeH_Draft) December 2, 2019

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