With the 77th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
Ifeatu Melifonwu is someone who certainly will be on the LA Chargers board as he is likely going to go in the third round and the Chargers need cornerback help. Personally, I think that the Chargers will have the chance to pick between Melifonwu and Elijah Molden with this selection.
Melifonwu is a traditional outside corner with great size and length. Molden is a slot corner who will be pigeonholed in the NFL but was a really good slot corner in college. Molden is probably better in his role right away, but his role is less important than Melifonwu.
I like the selection. He will get starting reps right away in nickel and dime packages and then will probably take over for Casey Hayward after 2021 (or during the 2021 season, if need be).
I would like this pick a lot more if the Chargers went offensive line with the second pick. However, in just grading this pick and not the one before it, I cannot help but give a great grade.
Computer grade: A
With the 97th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame
Tom Telesco loves picking from Notre Dame and Charger fans should love this pick. Aaron Banks is one of the few guards in the draft with starter potential and will likely be the last one taken in the draft.
Sure, there will probably be some sleeper standout in the later rounds, but those are as hit and miss as it comes.
Banks game is flawed, though, and he is going to have to become a more well-rounded blocker if he is going to take a big step at the NFL level. There may be some rough patches early on, but Banks has great potential and with the 97th overall pick is a stellar pick.
I would rather still get one of the better guards in the second round, but for where this pick is, it is excellent.
Computer grade: A