2. Gerald Everett
Many fans expected the Chargers to draft a tight end at some point in the 2023 NFL Draft because Gerald Everett only had one more year under contract. As solid as Everett was a year ago, he does not seem to be the long-term option as the team may not be able to afford to pay a tight end in 2024.
Plus, the 2023 draft class was strangely deep at the tight end position, aligning all the stars for LA to go with a tight end. That being said, the Chargers prioritized wide receiver in round one and then the right tight end didn't fall to them later in the draft. The long-term future of the position is up in the air but for now, this is still Everett's show.
The likes of Donald Parham and Tre' McKitty are still going to get playing time and will have roles on this team but Everett is likely going to have a bigger impact than expected without the addition of another dynamic pass-catching tight end.
This is great for Everett as everything is aligning for him to get a nice pay day next offseason. Not only does he not have to split snaps with an early-round tight end but he is also playing for Kellen Moore, who has historically made tight end a very important position in his offensive game plan.
With Justin Herbert throwing the football, the sky really is the limit for Everett in 2023. The 2022 season was arguably the best of Everett's career and he may end up surpassing that in 2023.