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LA Chargers: 4 players that are at risk of becoming busts

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Nasir Adderley #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Nasir Adderley #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Potential Chargers busts: Joshua Kelley

Yes, I am including a fourth-round pick on this list despite how weird it is to consider a fourth-round pick being a draft bust as there naturally is not as high of expectations. However, this selection by the Chargers was so bad even at the time and to see how it has played out has been laughable.

The Chargers had other needs, particularly cornerback (which is now getting exposed) and wide receiver. The Chargers also did not have a draft pick on day two as they traded their second and third-round picks to move up for Kenneth Murray.

So after not picking for two rounds, the Chargers opted to instead draft a running back who many projected to go in the sixth round or later despite having other roster needs. The Bolt Beat staff did not like it at the time and it is equally as bad eight months later.

Kelley had a solid first game but has been awful since then. No running back in football with 100 carries is averaging less than his 3.2 yards per attempt, including the 37-year-old Frank Gore. He ranks dead last in running back DVOA this season and even if he turns it around in years two and three, it will prove to be a wasted pick.

You can get value at running back late in the draft and even in undrafted free agents. The fact that they reached for a guy in the fourth round still does not make sense. Heck, the running backs on their roster at the time (Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson) were undrafted and a seventh-round pick, respectively.

Next. Why the Chargers should not draft Ja'Marr Chase

You just cannot justify it.

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