Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Redrafting the 2020 NFL Draft halfway through the season

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 11: Inside linebacker Patrick Queen #48 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a fumble by wide receiver Mike Thomas #80 of the Cincinnati Bengals for a fourth quarter touchdown at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 11: Inside linebacker Patrick Queen #48 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a fumble by wide receiver Mike Thomas #80 of the Cincinnati Bengals for a fourth quarter touchdown at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Seventh round: K.J. Hill

K.J. Hill has not been fantastic this season. He has not been that big of an impact on offense, has dropped quite a few passes and even had a critical muffed punt against the Las Vegas Raiders that hurt the team.

For those reasons, fans may expect us to want a different player in the seventh round. However, the potential is still there for Hill to be a solid slot corner and decent punt returner and we advise against turning against Hill this early.

The reality is that most fans probably expected too much out of Hill right away, anyway. People were clamoring about how great of a draft steal it was and some even took it way too far and compared Hill to the most underrated receiver in the league, Keenan Allen.

Just look at the responses to the tweet below. Just because Hill modeled his game after Allen does not mean he will be another Allen.

K.J. Hill said he modeled his game after Keenan Allen. Used to watch Allen tape while he was in college. "I'm a route technician," he said. #Chargers

— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) April 25, 2020

There really is not anyone past Hill that I like taking over him. Time may prove me wrong but eight games into their rookie seasons, I like Hill’s potential over everything else. Plus, they still need the receiving depth.

The emergence of Jalen Guyton as a legitimate third target as well as Tyron Johnson being a deep-ball threat has made the need for wide receiver depth much smaller than we originally thought. That does not remove the need for Hill, though.

Predicting the second half of the 2020 season. Next

In this redraft the LA Chargers would have gotten a linebacker that they can use more properly, a cornerback with potential that could help in the future, a fantastic, versatile offensive lineman and a better sixth-round safety.

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