The Los Angeles Chargers are a team of transition. Not only are they transitioning to a different city, they are transitioning with a new coaching staff. That staff took their first crack at the draft this year. How well did they do? Let us look at the Chargers 2017 NFL Draft.
Mike Williams – WR, Clemson
Williams was a need since Keenan Allen cannot stay healthy. QB Philip Rivers needs a constant big WR to throw the ball to. Additionally, Williams will be a huge target in the red zone for the Chargers offense. Furthermore, he is not afraid to work the middle of the field. Hence, he is a day one starter.
Forrest Lamp – OG, Western Kentucky
Lamp has the ability to play all three interior line positions. He was also first round talent that fell to the Los Angeles Chargers in the second round. Although he was a tackle in college, his lack of length will make him a guard/center in the NFL. Finally, he could play tackle in a pinch, making him a benefit to the Chargers offensive line.
Dan Feeney – G, Indiana
Feeney adds depth to the offensive line. It seems like there was an emphasis on getting Philip Rivers hit less. What is more is that Feeney is a very intellectual player. This, coupled with his ability to operate in space will make him a starter in the NFL. The Los Angeles Chargers added tremendous value.
Rayshawn Jenkins – S, Miami
Jenkins plays like Kam Chancellor. Similarly, he is big and shows a lot of range. Hence, these are the kind of players that DC Gus Bradley likes on his defense. Look for Jenkins to make a strong impact on the special team unit. This will allow him some playing while participating in sub packages.
Desmond King – S, Iowa
King fits the transitioning theme for the Los Angeles Chargers. He will be making the switch from CB to S in the NFL. Although he has adequate ball skills to be a CB in the league, he could make a living at safety. Especially since has the toughness to offer run support.
Sam Tevi – OT, Utah
The Los Angeles Chargers sent a clear message; keep our QB on his feet. Tevi offers versatility to the o-line. Not only does he have great footwork but he blocks with power as well. However, he needs work picking up twists and stunts.
Isaac Rochell – DT, Notre Dame
Rochell is a powerful run stopping DT. Seeing that, he will be able to compete for playing time in Gus Bradley’s defense. Even if only as a rotational player in sub packages.
The Los Angeles Chargers had two things in mind on draft weekend. Those were Philip Rivers and defense. Together these should keep the Chargers competitive in the AFC West.
Lastly, they may have wanted to look to the future. No better time to start thinking about growing a Rivers replacement. They would have received an A from me at that point.
Final Draft Grade – B+
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