With their first sixth-round pick, the LA Chargers select…
Nick Eubanks is a bit of a sleeper pick here. 2020 was supposed to be the breakout year for him. Due to COVID cancellations and a tough year for Michigan Football in general, it wasn’t. Eubanks finished with about half of his 2019 production. Michigan only played five games.
He’s got a nice tight end frame at 6’5″ 256. His best offensive quality is probably separation. Sometimes he’s even able to make some nice grabs despite good coverage:
His production will probably be the biggest question mark for a lot of scouts, but the Chargers wouldn’t need starting levels of production from him. If Los Angeles selects a tight end in the draft, they’re just looking for decent blocking and future potential. Hunter Henry will be re-signed and I can’t imagine the team doesn’t bring back Donald Parham.
The other option is the Chargers going tight end earlier in the third or fourth round for someone like Hunter Long, but waiting a bit longer makes sense to me if Henry is re-signed.
With their second sixth-round pick, the LA Chargers select…
Brenden Jaimes has some swing tackle potential. His positional versatility between left and right tackle makes him a good value pick here. The Chargers have desperately needed someone who can anchor in terms of their depth. Perhaps they thought that would be Trey Pipkins, but that project simply hasn’t worked out.
Jaimes doesn’t have some of the rugged athleticism that you really want out of an offensive lineman, but it’s also the sixth round. There’s not too much left here and the best the Chargers can do is someone who can get some decent movement in the run game. His length on the outside is solid too at 6’6″ with lanky arms.
With their seventh-round pick, the LA Chargers select…
Out of the potential Crimson Tide draft candidates, LaBryan Ray is one that could decide to return to school. He’s not going to light up the stat sheet by any means, but he has a great physical size to win at the point of attack. His value is mostly in the run game and I think he could fit what Staley wants in a late-round pick here. Ray is well versed in 3-4 types of schemes.
Third down might be the challenge for him, but I wouldn’t expect him to have to play all that much in his rookie year. He mainly would serve as decent depth that gets called on to play occasionally, like Cortez Broughton. Ray has more juice to him in terms of being able to overpower defenders though.
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