2. LA Chargers: B
I liked the LA Chargers selections in the 2020 NFL Draft. I think the team got reliable, lockerroom leaders that in some cases might not have the highest ceiling, but should be a lock to have some sort of impact on the roster.
I don’t really even have a grade for the sixth overall pick, Justin Hebert, either, which is kind of a letdown. Herbert likely is not going to play in 2020 and while he was not my number one choice at quarterback, he was the best choice remaining and I much rather would have had him over Jordan Love. I am pretty much in ‘wait and see’ mode before judging Herbert.
I really liked the team trading up for Kenneth Murray. Some wanted Patrick Queen and some thought the trade was overpriced, but I could not disagree more. The Chargers essentially traded one third-round pick to move up 14 spots from 37 to 23, that is a great value.
And while Queen would have fit the coverage linebacker identity of this team more, the Chargers’ defense was lacking an inside linebacker who can be a bruiser and plug the running lanes. Murray is athletic enough to get by in coverage on this defense, especially with some NFL coaching.
His impact in the running game and as a spy against teams with rushing quarterbacks is going to be massive.
Joshua Kelley is exactly the kind of back that the team needed but he seemingly was picked a bit too early in the fourth round. However, I think the team redeemed itself by getting a great deep-threat and gadget play in Joe Reed (great last name), as well as one of the best value, picks in the entire draft in K.J. Hill, who fits perfectly as the team’s slot receiver.
Alohi Gilman is probably the least exciting pick as he is a high-character bruiser who is not going to be much more than a special teams threat, but even that is something the team needed with the loss of Adrian Phillips.
All in all, I like this draft right not with the potential to really love it if Herbert surpasses expectations and the likes of Murray, Kelley, Reed and Hill reach the expectations we have for them.