Alohi Gilman’s biggest concern with the LA Chargers: Zone coverage
Alohi Gilman was probably the least exciting selection for the LA Chargers in the 2020 NFL Draft. That is not to say that he is a bad player, but with skill positions almost primarily being taken outside of Gilman, it just was not as exciting to draft a guy that is going to be a depth safety and special teamer.
Gilman’s best trait is running downhill and hitting ball-carries. That is what makes him a great in special teams as he is going to be someone on kickoffs and punts and gets down the field quickly and hits the ball carrier.
While that is a great trait to have as a safety, Gilman is also not great in zone coverage, particularly in deep coverage, which is a big issue for a safety in a cover 3 defense.
Luckily for Gilman, the Chargers often creative with their personnel and he could find a tangible role as a linebacker in nickel, but with Kenneth Murray on the defense, it would be a bit redundant to have them both on the field.
Gilman likely is not going to get much tangible playing time on the defense, barring injury, because of his struggles in deep zone coverage.