4. A quality 2021 tight end class
There’s not really a loaded free-agent class of tight ends outside of Henry next year. A lot of the options are guys that are older tight ends in decline. Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, Jared Cook, and Jason Witten aren’t exactly great options to replace a 26-year-old tight end.
However, there are quality options in the draft. I don’t think the LA Chargers will go tight end in the early rounds due to having some other needs that should be addressed first, but there are some quality options in the mid-rounds. Keep in mind, the Chargers have an extra third-round pick due to how free agency played out.
Jeremy Ruckert out of Ohio State is a solid producer in the red zone and has the size to be a great NFL blocker. Matt Bushman is another prospect I really love out of BYU. His production was really good in 2019 and again, he has that size to be a good blocker.
If you’re looking for a tight end closer to the top of the draft, Jalen Wydermyer has awesome speed and could easily be an every-down tight end.
Of course, one aspect that will make the draft more challenging this year is the college football cancellations that have already happened in the BIG 10, and PAC 12 and more that could be coming later on.
Perhaps it’s a risk to rely on the draft, but I’d prefer to draft a cheap contract and develop a potential starter than pay Henry top dollar with the issues I’ve previously mentioned, such as injuries, blocking, and consistency.