The LA Chargers have had some solid selections in the two years that Brandon Staley has helped call the shots. The likes of Rashawn Slater, Asante Samuel Jr, Zion Johnson, Joshua Palmer and Jamaree Salyer have all been picked under Staley.
There have also been some misses as well. Not every draft pick is going to pan out and expecting that is expecting disappointment. However, potentially missing on back-to-back third-round picks (Tre' McKitty, JT Woods) is troubling.
Hindsight is always 20/20 and constructing a draft board and plan is hard but it is painful to know that the Bolts could have drafted some Pro Bowlers over the last two years.
3 Pro Bowlers the Chargers could have drafted under Brandon Staley but didn't
1. Amon-Ra St. Brown instead of Tre' McKitty, 2021
Now, this one takes some revisionist history as the Chargers were never going to take two wide receivers back-to-back in Palmer and Amon-Ra St. Brown. However, the Chargers could have swapped the positions they took in the third and might have been better for it.
Instead of Palmer at pick 77, the Bolts could have selected tight end Tommy Tremble. Chargers fans were falling in love with Tremble before the draft and it really did seem like he was on his way to Los Angeles.
Then, the Chargers could have taken the best receiver left on the board in St. Brown, who ended up going in the early fourth round. Since then, St. Brown has a Pro Bowl berth under his name and has poste 2,073 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in two years.
He has gotten more chances than Palmer in LA but he also would have gotten the chances in 2022 that Palmer got when Keenan Allen and Mike Williams were hurt, so the production could have been similar.