Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Ranking the 2020 NFL Draft picks by value

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 from Oregon of the South Team warms up before the start of the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The Noth Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 from Oregon of the South Team warms up before the start of the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The Noth Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers 2020 NFL Draft value rankings: 4. Joshua Kelley

When the LA Chargers selected Joshua Kelley in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft I really thought that I was going crazy as I did not love the selection but most Charger fans on Twitter really seemed to be liking the hometown running back.

Kelley is a great player. He is someone who could take on every-down duties if needed and is going to be that physical, short-yardage rusher that the Chargers need. The Chargers don’t really have a traditional ball-carrier, even with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, so getting someone who might not have a massive ceiling but is a surefire prospect makes sense.

My biggest issue with the selection at the time was when the team picked Kelley. With other guys on the board, I thought Kelley was someone who would have fallen to the later rounds and that the Chargers should have addressed other needs first.

I will say that I was wrong. Most of the guys that I wanted to see the Chargers draft in the fourth round ended up falling to the fifth round and with the team snagging two solid receivers after Kelley, I cannot hate the selection.

Did the Chargers reach a little bit in order to get a running back that they liked? Yeah, probably. However, the ensuing selections turn the Kelley pick from a bad one to a good one, and as a fourth-round running back, he should be impactful on the Chargers’ offense.

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