In the 2019 NFL redraft, the LA Chargers select Elgton Jenkins
The 2019 NFL Draft is an interesting one. First of all, the draft as a whole is not that great. It is likely because of the impact of having such a unique second season, but there are very few players from that 2019 class that stand out above the rest.
There certainly is not anyone that stands out instantly as being a much better pick than Jerry Tillery. Tillery has not been that great for the LA Chargers thus far but you could still make the case that he is the right selection because of the team’s need at the nose tackle position.
I actually cannot fault that line of thinking and I went back and forth on keeping it as Tillery or changing it. Ultimately, I went with changing it after realizing that Justin Herbert was constantly running for his life in 2020.
In this redraft, the Chargers get someone that helps protect Herbert in guard Elgton Jenkins. Jenkins was a solid guard in his rookie season that did take a step up in year two on the Green Bay Packers.
Jenkins was so good next to Corey Linsley that he was named to the Pro Bowl. Pro Football Focus gave Jenkins a 67.7 grade last season, which is far better than any Chargers offensive lineman.
It is not the savviest pick but it is the best pick, with the needs considered if the Chargers were to pass on Tillery. Another option is A.J. Brown, but the Chargers really do not need a third receiver more than offensive line help.