2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Los Angeles Chargers draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Los Angeles Chargers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– The idea was to do everything possible to help Justin Herbert be Justin Herbert, and it started by getting the second-best OT in the draft Rashawn Slater – he’s not Penei Sewell, but he’s a good one. Nebraska’s Branden James in the fifth isn’t exactly adding more to the line – Slater has to be strong.
– The Chargers got a slew of guys for need positions, but they didn’t quite get the best options. Tennessee’s Josh Palmer is a wide receiver reach in the third round, Duke’s Chris Rumph in the fourth and Iowa’s Nick Niemann in the sixth are okay linebacker prospects, and while Florida State’s Asante Samuel is a strong one in the second, he was around the fifth or sixth best corner.
– It would’ve been nice to do something bigger at running back, but Missouri’s Larry Rountree could quietly work. The O needed a stronger weapon at receiver, and there wasn’t anything for the offensive interior. It was a draft. Nothing more, nothing less. There’s no wow.
Best Value Pick: CB Asante Samuel, Florida State, 2nd round, 47th overall.
Biggest Reach: WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee, 3rd round, 77th overall.
Late Flier That Could Work: RB Larry Rountree, Missouri, 6th round, 198th overall.
Los Angeles Chargers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (13) OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
2 (47) CB Asante Samuel, Jr., Florida State
3 (77) WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee
3 (97) TE Tre McKitty, Georgia
4 (118) LB Chris Rumph, Duke
5 (159) OT Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska
6 (185) LB Nick Niemann, Iowa
6 (198) RB Larry Rountree, Missouri
7 (241) S Mark Webb, Georgia
Los Angeles Chargers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
Boom, boom, BOOM. The Chargers got a little bit of production out of their last three late round picks, but they got a serviceable fourth round running back in Joshua Kelley, a promising young linebacker in the first rounding Kenneth Murray, and they nailed it at the 6 with one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Now it’s all about helping make Justin Herbert shine.
Offensive line, offensive line, offensive line. The Chargers have a ton of picks and can load up the back part of the draft with prospects for the defensive side and maybe grab a receiver or two, but with the 13 they have a shot at one of the better offensive linemen, and more options will be there at the 47.
Versatility would be a plus. Getting a guy like USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker early would give them a piece of the puzzle no matter where he’d play, and someone like Sam Cosmi from Texas could work at tackle or guard in the second round. Come up with the best O line possible, and let No. 10 do his thing.
Los Angeles Chargers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
1 LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
4 RB Joshua Kelley, UCLA
5 WR Joe Reed, Virginia
6 S Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame
7 WR KJ Hill, Ohio State
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