At one point it seemed that the LA Chargers would have a pretty high pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, the team rattled off four wins in a row to end the season, giving them the 13th overall pick in the draft.
The 13th pick is still in that range of elite prospects that can truly make a difference. The prospects in the top 15-20 are typically all elite prospects and from there, it becomes more about who a team likes more than overall talent.
The Chargers may have completely taken themselves out of the Penei Sewell sweepstakes but there are still some solid prospects that could be taken at 13 and recent history is an indication of that. The 13th overall pick has been pretty solid in recent years, but it has been great in terms of offensive line talent.
Here is the 5-year history of the 13th overall pick for the LA Chargers to look back on:
2020: Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What an excellent selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tristan Wirfs was not only a huge part of the Bucs blocking for Tom Brady, but he was arguably the best rookie tackle in the league last season.
Wirfs was the fourth tackle in the draft and while all three tackles before him definitely have potential, Wirfs was the one that made the biggest difference in year one and now has the highest projected ceiling.
That is excellent news for the LA Chargers. If they could get an offensive lineman with the 13th pick that has the kind of instant impact that Wirfs had in Tampa it would be huge for Justin Herbert. Not only will it help in 2021, but the team would finally be building towards something that could be long-lasting.
Wirfs is already a Super Bowl Champion — hopefully, the LA Chargers can repeat the trend of the 13th overall pick winning a Super Bowl in year one.