2. Cortez Broughton
The LA Chargers selected Cortez Broughton in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The team did not necessarily finish the 2019 draft class off with a bang as Broughton has not really produced much for LA and is indicative of what has been a really poor draft class for Tom Telesco thus far.
While depth on the defensive line is always important, the Chargers absolutely could run out of room on the roster before getting to Broughton’s name and he could lose his spot with the team as a result. That is unless he shows a huge jump from year two to year three.
The problem with Broughton is that he is not that great defensively compared to his peers but he does not even add special teams value as a defensive tackle. The Chargers made it a point to select several special teams players at the tail end of the 2021 draft and the team will absolutely move on from Broughton if it means giving a solid special teamer that roster spot.
There is also simply more competition for Broughton’s spot as a depth defensive tackle as well. The LA Chargers signed defensive tackle Christian Covington this offseason and obviously like him enough to give him a roster spot. With a new coach in town, Broughton is not going to have that existing edge over Covington that he otherwise would of.
Linval Joseph, Jerry Tillery, Justin Jones and Christian Covington very well could be the three defensive tackles that the Chargers run with next season, not leaving room for the 2019 seventh-round pick to make the roster.