Stock is up with the Chargers: Donald Parham
It was widely anticipated that the Chargers would take a tight end at some point (likely early) in the 2023 NFL Draft. All the signs were there for the Chargers to take a tight end, both because of Kellen Moore's scheme that utilizes tight ends and in the fact that Gerald Everett is only under contract for one more year.
The 2023 NFL Draft was oddly deep at the tight end position but the board did not seem to fall the way the Chargers anticipated. They did not prioritize tight end enough to take it over receiver in the first round and by the time the second round rolled around the other potential options were off the board.
Sure, the team could have taken Darnell Washington but he ended up falling much lower than anyone anticipated, likely signaling that there was something legitimately concerning with his physicals.
All that being said, Donald Parham is now in line for a bigger role on this offense than fans may have expected. The six-seven red zone threat may end up being more than just that for the Bolts at long as he can stay healthy during the 2023 season.
Parham is arguably the best two-way tight end on the roster (because of his ability to catch passes and run block) so we might see him get way more snaps than originally expected. By the time the 2024 season rolls around, Parham could be the starting tight end with an incoming rookie serving as the TE2.