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.