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LA Chargers: Ranking the 2020 impact of offseason additions

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 29: Chris Harris Jr. #25 of the Denver Broncos plays defense against the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High on December 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 29: Chris Harris Jr. #25 of the Denver Broncos plays defense against the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High on December 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

After the draft, the LA Chargers have made the majority of their offseason additions to the roster. Which additions will impact the 2020 season the most?

The 2020 offseason was one of the most eventful in recent memory, and its impact will be felt for years to come.

Hopefully, the LA Chargers snagged two franchise cornerstones in quarterback Justin Herbert and linebacker Kenneth Murray. These two 2020 additions are going to be the most impactful decisions of this offseason.

But which additions from this offseason will have the largest impact this year? While most think the Chargers are not in a Super Bowl window after letting their franchise legend, Philip Rivers, walk, this team has an elite defense and several good pieces on offense to compete in 2020.

So, it is worth taking a look at how significant of an impact each offseason addition will have on the LA Chargers this year alone.

Without further ado, here is a list of the top ten most impactful 2020 offseason additions on this upcoming season.

Just Missing the Top-10 Cut: OT Storm Norton, TE Donald Parham Jr., S Alohi Gilman, LB Joe Gaziano

First, the players who may have some impact but did not crack the top ten.

XFL stars Storm Norton and Donald Parham Jr. be provided every chance to compete for playing time this upcoming season. However, before injuries, I expect both to be spending most of their time riding the pine behind Trey Pipkins and Hunter Henry respectively.

Sixth-round pick Alohi Gilman is buried on the depth chart behind several more established players, and I expect him to contribute mainly to special teams.

While it is too early to really know what to expect from this year’s class of undrafted free agents, I would give Northwestern linebacker Joe Gaziano the best shot to make the roster at this point. Gaziano had 44 pressures in college in 2019, and the Chargers may be looking to develop some depth at edge rusher. If Gaziano can play special teams, he has a decent chance to make this roster.

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