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 Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Sixth-round pick Alohi Gilman: C+

Should have drafted: Jordan Fuller, Kamren Curl

It is hard to completely evaluate Alohi Gilman after just one season as he did not get that much playing time. Gilman did not play more than two defensive snaps in a game until Week 16, accounting for only 71 defensive snaps — 7% of the total defensive snaps. He did play 40% of the special teams snaps, though.

It is important that we do not expect too much out of a sixth-round pick, especially in year one, but I was pretty low on Gilman coming into the season. He was a fine player but he seemed to lack that extra it factor that would have made him good in any one department.

However, there were promising signs in Week 17 as I really liked how he was playing prior to suffering a concussion. He made a big play pressuring Chad Henne and was pretty solid in coverage.

Granted, the Chiefs were playing mostly second-stringers and that definitely makes a difference, but I liked the promising signs that I saw from Gilman in this game.

That does not remove the fact that there were two better safeties that were taken after Gilman before the Chargers’ next pick. Both Jordan Fuller and Kamren Curl were solid on defense this season and put together promising rookie seasons to build on.

Granted, perhaps they would not have played either if they were drafted to the Chargers, but I liked what I saw out of them more than the limited amount I got to see from Gilman.

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