Chargers Draft

BoltBeat roundtable: Grading the 2020 Los Angeles Chargers Draft

By Alexander Insdorf
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to taking on the Washington Huskies during their game at Husky Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to taking on the Washington Huskies during their game at Husky Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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Question #3 (cont.)

Nicholas Buttacavoli:

“The Draft was unusual given the circumstances, but still a spectacle. I was happy with the way the Chargers drafted, as they allowed themselves to grab players who can be the focal points on offense and defense for years to come. Every pick has a potential role on the team from the start.”

Alexander Insdorf: 

“I was generally surprised by the aggressiveness the Chargers showed. A quarterback with the sixth pick was expected, but trading up 14 spots into the first round wasn’t. Herbert and Murray was a very solid day one haul. The last time the Chargers had two first-round selections was in 2005, when they selected Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo.

Day three didn’t quite play out how I thought it would, but the picks grew on me as time went on. While I’m still not crazy about the selection of Kelley in the fourth round, he’s a decent power runner. Gilman and Reed were surprising picks, but I liked them when I read more on them. Hill is obviously a terrific sleeper pick.

Perhaps it’s because of how the team finished last year, or maybe the departure of star quarterback Philip Rivers, but the Chargers seemed more assertive in this draft. There were a lot of surprises, but most of them were welcome.”

Jason Reed:

“For the most part, I like the players that the Los Angeles Chargers brought in. They brought in players with great character that are all seemingly hard workers, something that seemingly should translate to results on the football field.

I am not so upset about not taking an offensive lineman as I do think the O-line is deeper than people are giving it credit for. Remember: the team selected Trey Pipkins in the third round last year, I don’t understand why fans are upset that the team didn’t draft a tackle in the late rounds while expecting that late-round tackle to be better than last year’s third-round pick.

They have already made some great improvements and still could improve as well, and if Pipkins does not pan out, they can address the position next year in the draft.

I am in “wait and see” mode with Herbert. I did not love him as a prospect but did not hate him, either, so I really just have to wait to see him in action in NFL speed to give a fair judgement.

Hill is a weapon and Joe Reed is someone who is going to be a Swiss Army Knife on offense and defense, so that is fun. Oh yeah, and we have the same last name, AND he is wearing 12, my favorite number.

Maybe that is my biggest takeaway: I now know which jersey I am going to buy first.”

Brandon Viera: 

“I love the players, but the order and value didn’t quite make total sense to me. K.J. Hill in the seventh round really helped out with that feeling, and it’s great to see the team try to keep up with the offensive improvements made throughout the AFC West.”

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