25th overall pick Kenneth Murray: B+
Should have drafted: N/A
I really like the selection of Kenneth Murray and the player that he is. He is a natural-born leader with a nose for the football and we really started to see him come into his own late in the season. There were some hiccups early, but that is expected from a rookie linebacker.
The biggest mistake the LA Chargers made with Murray was how they were utilizing him. Part of it was out of necessity with Drue Tranquill injured, but the Chargers drafted a linebacker with known holes in pass coverage, only to primarily drop back into pass coverage.
He was torched often early on but started improving and started making his mark on the defensive side of the football. He finished the season with 107 total tackles and is already looking like a leader on the defensive side of the football.
Some Charger fans may gripe about the team not taking LSU’s Patrick Queen, who is a much better coverage linebacker, but with the team’s needs in mind, I think that Murray was absolutely the right pick.
Was he worth trading a third-round pick to essentially move up from 39 to 25? That is yet to be seen as he is going to have to string together a solid career with the Bolts to make that trade worth it. However, he is already off to a really solid start.