The Los Angeles Chargers haven't gotten a ton out of their 2022 NFL Draft class so far, as third-round pick JT Woods and fourth-rounder Isaiah Spiller have made as much of an impact on the season as you and I. Even with those concerning picks, Jamaree Salyer, picked No. 195 overall, looks like a steal.
Salyer has been forced into action over the last two games, both of which were wins against the Texans and Browns, due to injuries. Despite playing guard in college at Georgia, Salyer was forced to start at tackle. The early returns have been quite impressive.
Per PFF, Salyer has had the toughest degree of difficulty with regard to the pass rushers he has faced off against. Despite that, he's actually been better than average, as his grade over expectation is right on board with names like Penei Sewell, Terron Armstead, and teammate Trey Pipkins.
In an added bit of hilarity for Chargers fans, Storm Norton was ranked dead last in grade over expectation, with league immortals like Jack Driscoll and Greg Little in the vicinity. This tells you all you need to know about the Chargers' offensive line depth and who the best options are.
Jamaree Salyer has been balling for the Chargers.
The fact that Salyer was even available in the sixth round is a miracle. With experience at multiple positions, all the measurables teams look for, and years of quality film against SEC opponents at Georgia, Salyer's resume looks like that of a player who should have gone on Day 2.
Facing off against two solid defensive lines in Houston and Cleveland is nothing to sneeze at, and Salyer has come out of these two matchups smelling like a rose. Myles Garrett didn't record a sack or pressure in this game, and Salyer deserves a ton of credit for this.
While he is certainly no Rashawn Slater at the tackle spot, Salyer has proven that this offensive line can at least tread water with the Northwestern product on the shelf. Norton, however, needs to clean up a ton before he sees the field again.
The Chargers expected next to nothing from Salyer this season, and he's proven to be a quality NFL tackle just two games into his rookie season. Tom Telesco might not be the greatest GM in the world, but he appears to have found a legitimate steal in the sixth round thanks to Salyer.