Chargers Draft

4 mistakes the LA Chargers must avoid making in the 2021 NFL Draft

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Tom Telesco general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Tom Telesco general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The LA Chargers drafting a running back too early

The LA Chargers did this last year when they selected Joshua Kelley in the fourth round. This was a bad selection for multiple reasons. First of all, the Chargers did not have a pick on day two of the draft after trading both a second and third-round pick to move up for Kenneth Murray.

So after not getting to watch the Chargers draft for an entire day (it was still the right call), Chargers fans had to see the first pick made by the team be a running back. It is not like Kelley was a coveted running back prospect, either, as he was widely projected to go in the late fifth/early sixth round.

The Chargers reached for him, most likely because Anthony Lynn was really sold on his character. With other roster needs the selection was terrible but then was made even more terrible when Kelley was one of the worst running backs in the league.

The Chargers cannot make the same mistake. The team does need another running back and we broke down five potential candidates to add to the running back room in an earlier article.

One thing is clear: the Chargers should not take a running back until one of their final two picks in the draft. Anything earlier than, even with the first pick in the sixth round, would be too early for the team to draft a rotational running back.

Hopefully that is the difference between Brandon Staley and Anthony Lynn.

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