Grading every pick the LA Chargers made in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Jason Reed
Chargers draft grade for Jordan McFadden: A
It didn't seem like it was going to happen but Jordan McFadden usurped Tuipulotu as our favorite selection that the Chargers made in the 2023 NFL Draft. Fifth-round picks might not be the most exciting, especially when they are offensive linemen, but there is a lot to get excited about here.
As good as the Chargers' starting offensive line is, the team needed depth and desperately needed a swing tackle that can play in case of emergency. Nothing against Foster Sarell but he cannot be the team's only swing tackle option in 2023.
The Chargers drafted their swing tackle in Jordan McFadden, who has similarities with Jamaree Slayer from last year. Salyer was an extremely polished offensive lineman from a great program that fell in the draft because of his size and teams not exactly knowing if he could play tackle or guard.
That is the same boat McFadden is in. He is a very polished offensive lineman who some teams might not expect to play tackle because of his size. However, like Salyer proved last year, having great technique can be enough and sometimes all a team needs to do is not overthink it and take the polished lineman.
Best-case scenario: Jordan McFadden proves to be a valuable, versatile offensive lineman that can rise to the occasion like Salyer did last year. We hope injuries don't happen but they inevitably do in the NFL.
Worst-case scenario: McFadden never truly gets a chance to hone in on one position and is unable to elevate his game and become more than an emergency option because of it.