Chargers Draft

LA Chargers net value, promise on Day 3 of 2021 NFL Draft

Defensive End Chris Rumph II #96 of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Defensive End Chris Rumph II #96 of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Chris Rumph, Duke Blue Devis, Asher O'Hara, MTSU
Chris Rumph, Duke Blue Devis, Asher O'Hara, MTSU

MTSU quarterback Asher O’Hara (10) is sacked by Duke defensive end Chris Rumph II (96) Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images

The LA Chargers made five selections on day three of the 2021 NFL Draft. Let’s get to know more about the newest members of the squad.

The LA Chargers rounded out their 2021 NFL Draft class with five more picks on day three. They hit home runs in the first two rounds, namely by bringing aboard offensive tackle Rashawn Slater, cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., wide receiver Josh Palmer and tight end Tre’ McKitty, and the Bolts also got some very solid players who can make an immediate impact in the third round.

Let’s take a look at who the Chargers drafted on day three of the 2021 NFL Draft and why both the value and promise of the players selected between Rounds 4 through 7 stand out.

Round 4, Pick No. 118 Overall: LA Chargers select DE Chris Rumph II

With their fourth-round pick, the Chargers took Chris Rumph II, a defensive end from Duke University.

Rumph is a quick and explosive pass-rusher who will likely start his career as a situational player after racking up 17.5 sacks and 33 tackles for loss during his three-year collegiate career. Rumph brings a wide variety of pass-rush moves, explosiveness and good technique to his game.

He is a bit undersized for the position, standing just under 6-foot-3 and weighing 244 pounds. His size does have a negative impact on his game in run defense as he has trouble setting the edge, but the Chargers took a shot on him for his pass-rush abilities and sack production.

Rumph will be a situational pass-rusher and a key contributor on special teams.

If he can add some mass to his frame to help him set the edge better and improve in the run game, then he could be an every-down defensive end for the Chargers at some point in the not-too-distant future.

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