We are over a week removed from the 2023 NFL Draft and LA Chargers fans now have a much better idea of what the roster is going to look like in 2023 and beyond. There is still potential for the team to add savvy free-agent signings but for the most part, the roster is set in stone.
The 2023 NFL Draft certainly had some surprises with several prospects landing on the Bolts that were not expected. Not only did the team take surprising players, but it also took some surprising positions as well.
Who the Chargers selected definitely is a telling sign of how the team views players already on the roster. Certain players have a higher stock than fans imagined post-draft, while others saw their stock decline.
Stock is down with the Chargers: Kenneth Murray
Kenneth Murray's stock was already going down and it was already among the lowest on the entire team. The 2020 first-round pick has been disappointing in his three years with the team, so much so that the Bolts declined his fifth-year option for the 2024 season.
The Bolts then selected linebacker Daiyan Henley in the third round of the draft. While drafting a linebacker was expected, taking one on day two of the draft was a bit of a surprise. It felt like the team would add a depth option that could eventually take over for Murray after 2023.
Instead, the team intentionally took Henley when it did as it is likely looking at him as a potential starting option. It might not happen right away, but there is at least a 50% chance that Henley is starting alongside Eric Kendricks by the time we roll into December.