It has been over a week since the 2021 NFL Draft and fans of the LA Chargers still might be pinching themselves. While there was more debate about the later selections in the draft, the Bolts hit a grand slam with the first two picks.
Rashawn Slater somehow fell to the Chargers at 13 and was the biggest no-brainer selection that the team could have made. Luckily, the Bolts picked him over the other offensive lineman available, but that was not a hard decision.
Then in the second round, Asante Samuel Jr. fell to the Bolts. Samuel was viewed as the dream target for the Bolts in round two but it seemed impossible that he would fall that low. He did and the Chargers addressed the two biggest roster needs with two great picks.
That was not the only surprising part of the NFL Draft. The Chargers had an interesting approach to the draft, selecting some positions earlier than expected and some positions not at all. A big reason why the Chargers differed from what we expected is because of the team’s faith of those already in the building.
Certain existing LA Chargers saw their stock go way up following the 2021 NFL Draft.
Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley either showed more faith in certain players than fans have shown or are committing to giving certain players a bigger role than expected.
Before the draft, it seemed inevitable that these players would see their stock do down. Instead, it did quite the opposite.