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LA Chargers: 4 players whose jobs are in jeopardy after 2021 NFL Draft

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Oday Aboushi #76 of the Detroit Lions reacts on the sideline in the second half against the Houston Texans during the preseason game at NRG Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Oday Aboushi #76 of the Detroit Lions reacts on the sideline in the second half against the Houston Texans during the preseason game at NRG Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Oday Aboushi

Oday Aboushi has not even played a snap with the LA Chargers and his job is already in jeopardy, but if we are being frank, his job was never guaranteed anyway. I really liked the Aboushi signing but I do think some fans overvalued the move and Aboushi himself.

Aboushi was solid in half a season for the Detroit Lions last season and as fans, we tend to only look at the positive. He has bounced from team to team in his career and was not fantastic before that, so there is no guarantee that he is going to be this big upgrade at guard from Dan Feeney or Forrest Lamp.

Remember this time last year when we were all touting Trai Turner? That shows that things are far from guaranteed in this league.

This is not to say that Aboushi won’t be good, but we should pump the breaks in expecting him to be great and should recognize that he might not even start. The LA Chargers drafted Aboushi’s direct competition in the fifth round of the draft in Brenden Jaimes.

Jaimes was a college tackle that is going to kick inside for the Bolts. Like Aboushi, I don’t want to fall victim to homer bias and expect a fifth-round pick to be great. However, Jaimes was projected to go sooner and he has the fundamental skill to succeed inside.

He also has a lot of experience as a four-year starter that got better every year that he played.

Aboushi is obviously not going to be cut, but his role as a starter could be over before it ever began.

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