Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Ranking the ceiling of the 2020 draft picks

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 14: Joe Reed #2 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrates a touchdown catch in the second half during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Scott Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 14: Joe Reed #2 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrates a touchdown catch in the second half during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Scott Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

We have all heard the grades of each of the LA Chargers draft picks, but in the best possible world, how high could each prospect perform?

In each NFL Draft, teams and fans alike dream of selecting the league’s next crop of elite players. The LA Chargers have gotten their fair share of those players in the draft in recent years with the selections of Joey Bosa and Derwin James.

But for every Patrick Mahomes drafted, there are many more JaMarcus Russells.

Becoming one of the best players in the NFL requires development. Many NFL players never achieve their full potential due to improper scheme fit, lack of development time, poor coaching, an inability to get playing time, or, occasionally, lack of drive.

Due to these factors, teams may pass on a player that they have higher rated for one that fits better and has a higher chance of reaching their ceiling, even if that ceiling may be slightly lower. In the case of the Chargers, the team seems keen on selecting players with higher character. This is likely intended to maintain a positive locker-room culture and to avoid players who will not put forth the effort to reach their ceiling.

But, what if we assume that each player that the Chargers drafted in the 2020 draft reached their ceiling? Of course, this situation is unlikely, but it provides a unique perspective on the draft that the Chargers’ management may see if they believe their coaches can unlock the potential of each player.

So, here is the LA Chargers 2020 draft picks ranked by their ceiling.

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