The LA Chargers have had a lot of success with finding talent in the late rounds of the NFL Draft. While the team has had some overall bad drafts (2019 was terrible), there are some notable players picked late in the draft or not picked at all that are big components of the team.
Austin Ekeler instantly comes to mind. Ekeler was an undrafted free agent that made his way onto the roster with a solid preseason and is now a bonafide premier back. He is one of the three best dual-threat running backs in the league, up there with Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.
Justin Jackson is another great example of a solid late-round pick. Jackson was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft and is the team’s second-best running back. He just cannot stay healthy.
While it is impossible to expect too much out of a seventh-round pick, if everything goes right, the LA Chargers could absolutely find a steal in the seventh round. I would argue that this is even more possible this year with how the college football season played out.
The LA Chargers will have an easier time picking an offensive player in the seventh round
Personally, if I was an NFL general manager I would pick offensive skill position players every single year in the seventh round. The chances of landing some great offensive lineman or defensive player this late in the draft are slim because those are the positions that every other team is also already drafting.
However, skill position players are very prominent and all you have to do is find that one that proves to be more than just a great athlete and bingo: you have yourself a fantastic seventh-round pick.
While we will also look at potential defensive sleepers, here are three potential offensive sleepers that the LA Chargers could pick in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft.