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3 Chargers undrafted free agents with the best chance of making the roster

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Dec 12, 2020; Pasadena, California, USA; Southern California Trojans tight end Erik Krommenhoek (84)
Dec 12, 2020; Pasadena, California, USA; Southern California Trojans tight end Erik Krommenhoek (84) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

3. Erik Krommenhoek, TE

This might be a bit of an odd-ball selection as the LA Chargers brought in two undrafted tight ends and Krommenhoek probably would not be many people's choice to win a roster spot. Krommenhoek has very little (if any) value as a pass-catcher at the NFL level as he was not even much of a pass-catcher at the college level.

The Northern California native had the best pass-catching season of his college career in 2022, hauling in just 15 catches for 137 yards and one touchdown. With Justin Herbert at quarterback, this might not seem like the guy to give a roster spot to.

That being said, the Chargers tight end room already has two really good pass-catchers as well as a blocking tight end with increasing value as a pass-catcher. The Bolts need a fourth tight end to replace Stephen Anderson and while that could be someone like Zander Horvath in a hybrid role or Hunter Kampmoyer, it also could be Krommenhoek.

What makes Krommenhoek an intriguing option to be the TE4 is his blocking ability. His lack of a pass-catching presence is ultimately what led to him not being drafted but when it comes to blocking, there is a lot to get excited about.

Not only could Krommenhoek be someone who comes in right away in heavy packages on the goal-line, but his blocking ability should translate really well to the special teams side of the football. The Chargers have to make up the 234 special teams snaps that Anderson is leaving behind and while McKitty might play more, they need a fourth tight end who can be reliable.

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Krommenhoek is by no means the blocker that McKitty was as a rookie, but he has shown some real value in that regard, especially in USC's special teams. As he fills out at the NFL level and gets NFL coaching, he could show real value as a TE4.

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