LA Chargers: Bolt Beat’s 2020 season predictions roundtable
3. Who has the best rookie season for the LA Chargers in 2020?
Faustino Felix: This one should be between Kenneth Murray and Joshua Kelley. I’m going to roll with the first round linebacker. Kelley is listed as the third running back on the depth chart, while Murray is already considered a starter. Murray also has a history of exceeding expectations everywhere he’s played, and I’m banking on him doing just that in 2020.
Steven Haglund: Best rookie is easily going to be Kenneth Murray. He’s the only true starter of the class, and I think he’s going to have a huge season. The Chargers drafting him is even more important after losing Derwin James for the season. Murray is easily the best athlete on the defense now, and his sideline to sideline range is going to be crucial to this team’s success. Joshua Kelley is the easy second choice for me as well.
Devon Auriemma: Kenneth Murray. Murray will be the team’s middle linebacker to start the season. His college film is impressive and he has the ability to rack up over 100 tackles with a few sacks in his first season, which can lead to Defensive Rookie of the Year votes.
Alexander Insdorf: It might have been different if the Chargers didn’t trade up in the first round and kept their third-round pick, but it’s pretty obviously Murray. He wasn’t my favorite linebacker available on the board at the time, but he certainly fits what the Chargers are looking for in a physical guy who can blow up run plays, get into the backfield, and work in coverage. If a couple of things break his way, he certainly has a chance at DROY.
Jason Reed: I really like Murray but just to be different I will go with Joe Reed. He is going to be an impact in the special teams’ department and with a unique offensive gameplan, I do think he gets a moderate amount of action in big-play gadget plays.