Chargers Draft

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

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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Denver Broncos: A-

The Denver Broncos instantly jump out as the team that had the best showing in the 2020 NFL Draft from the AFC West. A big part of the narrative for the Broncos in the draft was surrounding Drew Lock with weapons, and they did just that.

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Jerry Jeudy is a great selection and while you could split hairs and make the case for CeeDee Lamb over Jeudy, Jeudy is an excellent route-runner with great speed, great hands and should be a WR1 in the league for several years.

John Elway gave him another weapon in the second round in KJ Hamler, who is a great, shifty slot receiver that should compliment the rest of the offense nicely. They got him more protection in round three with Lloyd Cushenberry, a solid tight end prospect in Albert Okwuegbunam and a special teams-level receiver in Tyrie Cleveland.

I really liked them using a third-round pick on a corner and taking Michael Ojemudia, who is going to be a good zone corner in the slot to replace Chris Harris. Perhaps their biggest steal of the draft was defensive tackle Netane Muti, who could be one of the best sleepers of the draft as a powerful, overwhelming nose tackle.

For a team that already has a great defense and added Melvin Gordon to Phillip Lindsay in the backfield, the Broncos took the perfect approach with this draft. They added pieces to the puzzle to surround Drew Lock, and I really think we could see a situation similar to the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, who added weapons for second-year quarterback Jared Goff.

I don’t want that to happen, as that would make the Broncos a playoff team, but with that defense and those weapons, Denver is looking pretty scary heading into 2020.

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Maybe that is just because I have always been high on Drew Lock, he is the quarterback I wanted the team to take last year to groom into Philip Rivers’ successor. Either way, the Broncos had a great showing in the draft.

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