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Chargers rookie report card: How the draft class grades through 4 weeks

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Otito Ogbonnia: B-

This is where expectations have to be factored in. If Otito Ogbonnia was a first-round selection like Jerry Tillery then his grade would not be this good (even though he has arguably played better than Tillery this season). However, as a fifth-round pick, the expectations of what Ogbonnia brings to the table are obviously different.

While the Chargers made the confusing choice of making Ogbonnia inactive in Week 4 in favor of Christian Covington, the former UCLA Bruin has been pretty good thus far this season. He certainly has had a bigger impact right away than many people would have projected.

Ogbonnia has been a serviceable member of the defensive line rotation thus far this season and has provided solid run-blocking in the snaps he has gotten. It is not a large number, it might not be a large number but that was expected out of a fifth-round pick.

The fifth-round pick is behind only Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson on the team in run-stop percentage this season. His 9.4% run-stop rate is by no means elite, but as the foundation in a rookie season? The Chargers will certainly take that.

LA may not have drafted a future Pro Bowl defensive lineman in Ogbonnia, but they snagged someone who can be a valuable member of the defensive line throughout his rookie contract.

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