LA Chargers: Winners and Losers from the 2020 NFL Draft
By Steven Haglund
Loser: Los Angeles Rams
The LA Chargers and Los Angeles Rams are going in opposite directions. Next time you want to clamor for the LA Chargers to go “all in” take a look at the Rams as a cautionary tale. They have had a BAD offseason and that continued this weekend.
The Rams had several needs heading into the weekend and it seems that really only one of them was addressed when they drafted safety Terrell Burgess late in the third round.
With really good options at offensive line and corner still on the board they elected to take running back Cam Akers and receiver Van Jefferson in the second round. I liked Akers and Jefferson as prospects, but the Rams really reached for them in my opinion.
Terrell Lewis in the third round presents a lot of upside as a versatile edge rusher but he missed a lot of games at Alabama. He is far from a sure thing. Then, with many other needs still present they decided to take another tight end in Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins. Even with Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee both excelling in their roles.
Not only did they reach for prospects, but they also took quite a few risks in this draft. To wrap it all up, they drafted a kicker! That alone is grounds for being on the loser list.
Loser: Carson Wentz
The most reliable wide receiver on a playoff team for Carson Wentz last year was Greg Ward, a former college quarterback. Has that changed after the draft? I like Jalen Reagor and he’s got the potential to be a very good deep threat but he was hardly a reliable contributor at TCU.
Then they went out and added John Hightower, Quez Watkins and traded for Marquise Goodwin. All three of them are really fast but struggle with drops and are limited in the route tree, same as Reagor.
I like all of those players individually but at some point, you’ve got to give your $100 million quarterback someone besides Zach Ertz and a former college quarterback to rely upon. I have a feeling that Wentz’ arm is going to be really tired on a weekly basis from chucking deep passes all game, every game.
Wentz finally got out of Nick Foles’ shadow by carrying the Eagles to the playoffs with nothing but his own pure talent, and Ertz. Then what do the Eagles do? They go out and draft one of the most popular college quarterbacks in recent memory in the second round of the draft.
Trust me, I get the need to have a reliable backup behind Wentz, but Jalen Hurts? In the second round? I don’t get it. At least they got him some help, unlike the Packers, but that draft choice is puzzling, to say the least.
Who else won or lost in the draft? Would you consider the LA Chargers winners or losers? Let me know in the comments below.