Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Grading the 2020 NFL Draft after one season

Jan 3, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Fifth-round pick Joe Reed: D

Should have drafted: Michael Onwenu, Bryce Hall, Darnell Mooney

I want to make this very clear right off the bat: I really like Joe Reed and this is not necessarily a grade of his overall abilities but a grade of the selection and how the LA Chargers have utilized him.

Sure, maybe I am a bit biased because his last name is Reed and he is wearing my favorite number and I just want him to be great so I can rock a Reed #12 jersey without weird looks, but that is not the only reason why I love Reed.

Reed is really good with the ball in his hands and we saw that in very short spurts this season. His long kickoff return in Week 1 led to the only Chargers touchdown of the game and in only five touches on offense he managed to find the endzone.

Reed is talented and he, unfortunately, was not used at all in this Chargers offense, nor eventually in the special teams. The Chargers have someone who could be really good and they just ignored it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of time for Reed to make a difference and I think his grade could be the biggest mover on this list. But when you look at some of the people that could have been drafted (most notably Michael Onwenu), the Reed selection seems a bit worse.

You can find a shifty kickoff returner with the ability to make defenders miss in the open field in every single draft class. So why waste a pick on a guy that you are not even going to utilize in year one?

That pick could have been used for a bigger need (or someone who was good in his offense, such as Darnell Mooney).

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