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3 standout rookies the Chargers could have drafted over JT Woods

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3. Kerby Joseph, S

Now, this is a direct replacement for JT Woods on the LA Chargers. When Woods was drafted, the idea was that he could provide more snaps for the Chargers as the third safety to allow Derwin James to move around the defense and utilize his versatility.

However, it became clear quickly that Woods was too raw to do that and was not ready for that kind of responsibility on the defense. Making matters worse is the fact that Nasir Adderley has played pretty poorly this year, so not having that talented third safety is a big deal for the Bolts.

Alohi Gilman stepped in and started in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns and while he came away with the game-winning interception, his play was not all that inspiring. He certainly is not who you want being the team's best option to start next to Derwin James.

Kerby Joseph could have started next to Derwin James as he is having a decent rookie season with the Detroit Lions. Joseph is not as big of a standout as Pierce or Jones but he is certainly making his impact felt as a rookie.

Like Woods, Joseph did not play in the first three weeks of the season but injuries prompted him to get the start and play 100% of the defensive snaps in Weeks 4 and 5. Despite the Lions allowing a lot of points, Joseph himself played well, showcasing his versatility in the process.

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PFF grades are definitely not the end-all, say-all but Joseph does have a 79.5 coverage grade and 71.2 defensive grade thus far. In his two games, Joseph played 82 snaps at free safety, 18 in the box, 17 at slot corner, 6 on the defensive line, and one at wide corner.

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