Iowa linebacker Nick Niemann (49) Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images
Round 6: LA Chargers Linebacker Nick Niemann, Running Back Larry Rountree III
While Los Angeles’ offensive line was a disaster last year, the same could essentially be said about special teams, which was ranked dead last by Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric from 2020.
Round 6 likely provided two contributors who can help bolster this group right away this upcoming season, namely with the No. 185 overall pick, Iowa linebacker Nick Niemann, who’ll at least serve as a quality reserve for the defense but was truly tabbed as someone who can offer up a lot on the crucial-yet-overlooked third phase.
One of the more effective tacklers within the Big Ten Conference, Niemann should be expected to bolster this unit right away as a core special teams ace and even ranked on NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s list of top-three players selected per round.
Missouri running back Larry Roundtree III might also help on special teams, too, as he’s likely pegged as only a third-down tailback on offense. Roundtree had some modest kick-return experience back in 2017, but it’s likely he serves as a gunner and blocker on special teams.