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3 standout rookies the Chargers could have drafted over JT Woods

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The LA Chargers had a busy offseason that was perhaps the most aggressive in franchise history. While the offseason itself brought the team a lot of talent, the 2022 draft class has been rather disappointing for the Bolts thus far.

Outside of two offensive line standouts in Zion Johnson and Jamaree Salyer, the class has not been that great for LA. Zander Horvath is getting snaps as well, but there is only so much he can do as a fullback as his footprint on the game is not that large.

Fans are instead looking at the selections of JT Woods and Isaiah Spiller, both of which have not played a single snap over a quarter of the way through the season. Otito Ogbonnia has been named inactive over the last two weeks. Deane Leonard and Ja'Sir Taylor are projects that will take time.

With all of the injuries the team has dealt with, and poor play at the safety position, it would be nice to have rookies that could make an impact. It is especially frustrating when the Bolts could have had some really promising rookies, and in this case, there are 3 promising rookies the team could have drafted over JT Woods in the third round.

3 standout rookies the LA Chargers could have drafted instead of JT Woods:

1. Dameon Pierce, RB

It seemed unlikely that the Chargers would draft a running back as early as the third round but the team ended up taking a running back in round four anyway. If they would have fallen in love with Dameon Pierce I don't think they would have passed on him as he did.

Pierce has been the best rookie running back in the league this season as the Houston Texans may have drafted a future workhorse back that will be the engine of the offense moving forward in the fourth round.

Pierce has 412 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in five games this season. While the emergence of Joshua Kelley and the return of Austin Ekeler has helped the last two weeks, it is undeniable that the team would have been in a better spot both this season and long-term with Pierce instead of Isaiah Spiller.