Why Jordan Davis shouldn't be the Chargers pick at 17

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3. Jordan Davis is a good player but has too many worrying flaws to be picked at 17th overall

Don't get me wrong, I believe Jordan Davis is a really good defensive tackle that will be an impact player in the NFL for years to come. For me, he's the best defensive tackle in this upcoming class. That being said, there are too many flaws for him to be selected this early in the draft by the Chargers.

At 6'6", 340 pounds, Davis is a space-eating monster on the defensive front. He's a dominant player against the run, yet provides next to nothing when rushing the passer. Davis' play is very similar to what the Chargers got out of Linval Joseph the last few years. Whilst drafting Jordan Davis may seem like a good replacement for Joseph who is a pending free agent and 33 years old, selecting a pure run-stopping DT is not good value in the first round.

As a result of Davis' struggles rushing the passer, he projects to be a two-down lineman in the NFL. He'll likely be on the sideline during obvious passing situations and two-minute scenarios. This could lead to many games in which Davis plays less than 50-60% of total defensive snaps and that is not desirable at pick #17.

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Given the approach that Brandon Staley and his staff take with advanced analytics and decision making, it seems unlikely to me that a player like Jordan Davis makes sense for the LA Chargers in the first round.

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