Fourth-round pick Joshua Kelley: F
Should have drafted: Ben Bartch, Troy Pride
Joshua Kelley seems like a really good person and was even gracious enough to give our own Alex Insdorfs an interview before the season. That doesn’t make this a good draft pick and if the grading scale when all the way to Z then that is probably where I would land.
There is a multitude of reasons why this was a bad selection. First of all, the need at running back was not massive. Sure, there was a need for an RB3, but as we saw this season with Troymaine Pope and Kalen Ballage, you can find an RB3 fairly easily in the NFL.
The Chargers reached for Kelley only to completely ignore the other needs on the roster that came back to bite them (such as cornerback). It is just a bad use of draft capital with the other needs and the deep market of depth running backs.
What made it even worse is the fact that Kelley was the worst running back in the league this season… and I’m not being hyperbolic! Kelley ranked dead last in yards per carry and was a healthy scratch in both Week 14 and 16.
From Week 11 to Week 17 Kelley had a combined 13 carries with 39 total offensive snaps played. He is going to have to blossom into a legitimate RB1-worthy running back for anyone to convince me that this was a good selection.
Ironically enough, the next four players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft all turned into legitimate contributors in their rookie season. Troy Pride, Leki Fotu, Harrison Bryant and Ben Bartch (which is who they really should have drafted) were all significantly better than Kelley in 2020.