Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Ranking the draft grades for the entire AFC West

LA Chargers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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4. Las Vegas Raiders: C-

The Las Vegas Raiders, even with their two first-round picks and three third-round picks, have the worst draft grade of any team in the AFC West. I am not sure what Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden were doing with some of these selections and I really think they could have had a much better showing.

Henry Ruggs was a good selection, and while you certainly can debate that the team should have drafted CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy over Ruggs, it is not hard to see why the Raiders love Ruggs: his speed. D.K. Metcalf proving his doubters wrong last year absolutely helped Ruggs’ stock.

Aside from that, though, I do not love most of their selections. They took Damon Arnette with the 19th overall pick and he is someone who, at best, had a second-round grade leading into the draft. There were better corners available and I personally am not a big fan of drafting a corner that early, but with two first-round picks, it is passable.

Who they selected with that pick is not. They then selected Lynn Bowden with the 80th pick and are going to convert him to a running back. I get it, he is athletic, can play anywhere on the field and could even be a gadget playmaker similar to Taysom Hill. Is it worth taking him with the 80th pick to be a running back? Probably not.

Bryan Edwards was an okay pick to add more weapons to the offense and Tanner Muse was another solid selection to help a need in the third round. In the fourth, the Raiders took interior line help with John Simpson, which is not a bad selection, and then took another cornerback in Amik Robertson.

There are pressing needs on the roster and the Raiders really only addressed two. Maybe they are gearing up to tank for Trevor Lawrence? Who knows.

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