Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Winners and Losers from the 2020 NFL Draft

UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - APRIL 23: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this still image from video provided by the NFL, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks from his home in Bronxville, New York during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, 2020. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - APRIL 23: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this still image from video provided by the NFL, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks from his home in Bronxville, New York during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, 2020. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Loser: Seattle Seahawks

Some things in the draft are basically rules at this point. Tom Telesco has to draft a former Notre Dame player every year and the Seattle Seahawks have to take a big swing and a miss in the first round every year.

Jordyn Brooks is a fine player, but taking him in the first round over Patrick Queen when you also have Bobby Wagner on the roster is confusing, to say the least. But then again, so was taking Rashad Penny.

There’s a reason why the Seahawks generally trade out of the first round every year, it’s because they are terrible at it. Their last few first-rounders are: Brooks, L.J. Collier, whose best year in college was six sacks and couldn’t get on the field as a rookie, Penny is a backup running back who can’t stay healthy, and Germain Ifedi who isn’t on the roster anymore. Yikes.

The good thing about the Seahawks is that they generally hit on the later round selections, and they might again this year but the middle of their draft doesn’t appear to be all that good. Darrell Taylor is very athletic but struggled to be very productive as an edge rusher and they took him in the second round.

Doubling down on tight end with Colby Parkinson in the fourth and Stephen Sullivan in the seventh was confusing. Taking Damien Lewis in the third was ok, but didn’t really seem to be a need.

Unfortunately most teams reached on running backs this year, but they really reached with DeeJay Dallas in the fourth and they have Chris Carson who gets 30 carries a game when he’s healthy. Will Dallas even see the field?

Then in the deepest wide receiver class in years they took Freddie Swain, who wasn’t even a starter on a regular basis at Florida, over guys like Quartney Davis(it’s criminal he didn’t get drafted), Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jauan Jennings, and others.

It’s just a very confusing draft overall, especially for a team that typically drafts very well.

Loser: Chicago Bears

Does Bears General Manager Ryan Pace know there are other positions in football besides tight end? A team with next to no offensive weapons outside of Allen Robinson really went out and took tight end Cole Kmet with their first pick.

I don’t know if you’ve looked at their roster recently, but Kmet is now their TENTH tight end. A modern NFL franchise has TEN tight ends on their roster. They did this after making the ghost of Jimmy Graham the sixth highest-paid tight end in the league.

This draft overall just screams mediocre. Outside of Jaylon Johnson and Kindle Vildor, the value they took with each pick was not great. The problem with that is that defense is not the problem with the Bears. As long as Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, and Roquan Smith are around they’ll be good on that side.

The problem with the Bears is they can’t score points on a consistent basis. Is having ten tight ends and Darnell Mooney in the fifth round going to solve that? I doubt it.

But hey, at least they have the quarterback position figured out…

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