2016: Rees Odhiambo, G, Seattle Seahawks
Rounding up the five-year history of the 97th overall pick is Reed Odhiambo, making three out of the last five selections offensive linemen. With that being the LA Chargers’ biggest need this offseason this very well could be the football gods telling us that the Bolts will go offensive line with their fourth pick in the draft.
Again, like the previous offensive linemen, the LA Chargers better hope that they get a better offensive lineman with the 97th overall pick than Reed Odhiambo. Odhiambo has not really had an NFL career to this point despite being drafted five years ago.
Odhiambo started seven games in 2017 for the Seattle Seahawks and has been out of the league since the 2018 season. He spent time on several different teams’ practice squads but it appears as if his NFL career is over after just three years in the league.
As you can see, there is not a lot to get excited about, at least recently, with the 97th overall pick for the LA Chargers. This is a good illustration on why the team cannot assume that they are going to fill all of the holes in the draft and why they need to bring in external help as well.
This also makes it more likely, in my opinion, that someone like Casey Hayward stays and is not cut. Sure, the Chargers can cut Hayward, but they have to replace that spot on the roster still and they likely are not going to be able to with the 97th overall pick.
It differs from year to year but it is hard to look at those last five picks and get excited.
But hey, maybe the LA Chargers will be the team that breaks the mold.