The LA Chargers traded back into the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, trading the team’s third-round pick to move up from the 37th overall selection in the second round to the 23rd overall selection in the first round.
With that pick, the Chargers selected inside linebacker Kenneth Murray. Murray does not fit the previous Chargers mold of being a coverage linebacker but he gives the team the one thing it has seemingly been missing for quite some time: a legitimate run-stuffing linebacker.
It was exciting for the LA Chargers to have two first-round picks and prior to the draft, we were building up the recent history of the sixth overall selection as well as the history of quarterbacks taken sixth.
Now we have the 23rd overall pick to look at as well.
Here is the recent history of the 23rd overall pick that the LA Chargers can look back on.
2019: Houston Texans select OT Tytus Howard
The Houston Texans’ Achilles Heel last offseason was the offensive line and they did what they needed to do to shore up the line, trading for Laremy Tunsil and drafting Tytus Howard in the first round.
Howard was serviceable for Deshaun Watson and the Texans, when he played, of course. Howard only played in eight of the Texans’ 16 games but started all eight appearances. He did not play in the Texans’ final five games nor the playoffs.
Howard’s 59.4 grade on PFF was actually lower than Trey Pipkins‘ 63.3 rating, showcasing why the Chargers might have more faith in Pipkins as the starting left tackle than the fans do.