2. Denzel Perryman, who the LA Chargers may have replaced in the 2020 NFL Draft
The LA Chargers traded their second-round and third-round picks to the New England Patriots to move back into the first round to select Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray. Murray is a hard-nosed, uber-athletic linebacker who thrives in the open field and plugging the running lanes.
He is a run-stopper, plain and simple. He is the better version of Denzel Perryman, who has shown some really good flashes on the defense in being really important but has not been able to put it all together.
For one, Perryman has struggled in staying healthy, which instantly lowers his stock on the team. To his credit, Perryman did play 14 games last season but missed a combined 16 games the two seasons prior.
Second, Perryman simply has not gotten better with age. The Chargers have slowly phased him out more and more in the defense and with the arrival of Murray, Perryman becomes quite expendable. It would not be shocking to see him be one of the last players that the Bolts cut from the roster.
The Chargers have a lot of linebacker talent and it might just benefit the team more to take a chance on someone young like Malik Jefferson rather than keep the veteran who has shown injury problems who is now also really replaceable.