Round 4, Pick 112: OT Ben Bartch, St. John’s (MN)
The LA Chargers finally get their tackle prospect this draft. Ben Bartch is an impressive Division III prospect. He was the only Division III player to get a combine invite, and for good reason.
Bartch was originally a tight end. After not getting a lot of reps, he decided to transition to offensive tackle. To do this, he drank a smoothie that helped him tack on 60 pounds. Bartch went from playing at 250 to 310. In his junior and senior years when he made the switch to left tackle, he started every game for the team.
Some may be skeptical about Bartch’s ability to go against NFL level talent. Obviously Division III football doesn’t have the strongest athletes. That’s what made his Senior Bowl performance so impressive. Going against top tier prospects like Terrell Lewis and Javon Kinlaw, Bartch was able to hold his own and then some. His awareness and anchor ability will allow him to compete with NFL level talent.
Bartch provides depth for the offensive line immediately with the ability to start in the near future. His selection could also aid the development of Trey Pipkins. James Campen was crucial to the development of Bulaga in Green Bay, and I’d love to see what he could do with Bartch.
Based on the film I think St. John's (MN) OT Ben Bartch is a better prospect than Alex Taylor of South Carolina St. Best D3 blocker since Ali Marpet and should receive an invite to an all-star game and the NFL Scouting Combine.
Here's one of my favorite reps (LT78): pic.twitter.com/5W6lDsjMxG
— Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) October 17, 2019
Round 5, Pick 151: CB Harrison Hand, Temple
In my recent 2020 mock drafts, reaching for a cornerback was more important given the status of the team at the time. There was really no one but Michael Davis who could play opposite Casey Hayward. The signing of Harris gave the LA Chargers more flexibility to be able to wait on the need of cornerback until later in the draft.
Harrison Hand is a good fit for what the Chargers are aiming for. Hand works very well in zone, which the team tends to run a lot. Cover 3 is one of Gus Bradley’s favored schemes and works in his favor. Hand could rack up a lot of pass breakups in that type of setup.
Run support is a glaring hole in Hand’s game. When it comes to stopping the run, though, the Chargers beefed up their defense this year. Joseph is a great run stopper on the line and Harris can tackle pretty well. It won’t hurt for Hand to mainly come in on passing downs, and there’s room for him to develop as time goes on.
Harrison Hand – Temple CB
5-11", 197 lbs, 31-3/4" arm length
Quick feet, uses length well, and good ball skills. Showcases some explosion and times this PBU well on third and goal to save the TD. pic.twitter.com/oj5aZ4ZzHc
— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) February 27, 2020