Chargers Draft

LA Chargers draft: 5-year history of the 97th overall pick

BEREA, OHIO - AUGUST 16: Jacob Phillips #50 of the Cleveland Browns works out during training camp on August 16, 2020 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
BEREA, OHIO - AUGUST 16: Jacob Phillips #50 of the Cleveland Browns works out during training camp on August 16, 2020 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2019: Bobby Evans, T, Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams drafted tackle depth with the 97th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in Bobby Evans, who has been mostly a benchwarmer during his tenure in Los Angeles. Evans has started seven games in two years for the Rams and only started because of injuries to the Rams’ offensive line.

All seven of those starts came in his rookie season and Evans got no chances to play in 2020. Right now, he gives the team nothing more than a depth tackle in cae of emergency.

Evans was the backup right tackle for Rob Havenstein. Havenstein is under contract for another two seasons and while Andrew Whitworth’s future remains unclear, so there could be a starting opportunity for Evans in the near future.

The only problem is that Evans was not good in the chances he got in his rookie season. He played 479 snaps at right tackle and four snaps at left tackle and was part of an offensive line problem that really troubled Jared Goff.

Evans posted a 49.4 overall Pro Football Focus grade with a 52.8 pass-blocking grade and a 42.3 run-blocking grade. He is going to have to make significant improvements to his game if he is going to be a tangible starting option for the Los Angeles Rams next season.

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