The LA Chargers have on-boarded a lot of new players during training camp and the preseason ahead of the 2022 season. Among those new players are the eight rookies that the team took in the 2022 NFL Draft back in April.
After such a stellar 2021 draft class, the hope is that the 2022 draft class can continue that tradition. While it is far too early to say anything is set in stone, there have been some promising facets of this draft class as well as some not-so-promising facets.
A lot can and will change throughout the season but as it stands right now, certain rookies have simply looked better than their 2022 draft classmates.
Ranking the LA Chargers drafted rookies thus far in the preseason:
8. Zander Horvath
Zander Horvath has kind of been what was expected out of him when the Chargers drafted him in the seventh round. Horvath has a pretty good chance of making the roster but the fullback position is not very important, so it is hard to rank him any higher on this list.
If fullback ends up being more prominent of a role in the Chargers offense this season then Horvath could become far more impactful than his rookie counterparts. However, as it stands now, he ranks eighth simply because of his position.
7. Deane Leonard
Deane Leonard had a really good start to camp and it appeared that he was on his way to having a potential impact in year one. However, Leonard has since shown how raw he is as a seventh-round cornerback selection.
The Chargers drafted Leonard on traits on his current skillset and that is obvious with how he is playing. That does not mean that Leonard can't blossom into a contributing cornerback in the secondary, but it definitely won't happen this season and will take time.