Los Angeles Chargers 2020 NFL Draft Recap
We are two weeks removed from the 2020 NFL Draft, but the buzz is still in the air as the official schedules released this past Thursday and a number of first rounders are starting to sign their rookie deals. This next article is very special to me as I am one of the few fans of the Los Angeles Chargers, but I will be refraining from any bias in the article. As with the last article I will be breaking down the draft using a “Good, Bad, and Ugly” format, sit back and relax!
The Good: When you leave the draft with two top 15 players then you gotta feel good about yourself as an organization. In all my years watching Chargers football, I’ve never seen them make such an aggressive move on draft day. Naturally when the trade happened, I was ecstatic and relieved since, at the time, I felt like we had taken the wrong quarterback. After digging into the film more and watching interviews about the players, I feel like overall athletically we improved on both sides of the ball and from a leadership perspective the culture is starting to change. Justin Herbert is not a bad quarterback by any means, but what scares me is the chance that we start him week one. Two big big takeaways for me is addressing the safety position with a player that brings hard work and discipline from a familiar university. Also figuring out the slot wide receiver role with one of the biggest steals in the entire draft, KJ Hill. Little known fact, Hill is actually the all time receiving leader at Ohio State University which of course has recently produced a decent number of NFL wide receivers. The “good” that I look for in a team is if they added positions of need and players that can stand out. Ultimately, as a fan I’m happy with the outcome but below is where I’ll talk about how I think it could’ve been better.
The Bad: Now...if I’m the Chargers GM, I see that we just landed our franchise quarterback and traded up to get the next Ray Lewis at a premium cost of 2nd and 3rd round picks. Unless we have some plan for getting Jason Peters, Kelvin Beachum, or Demar Dotson then why draft Joshua Kelley in the fourth round. It’s not like the team doesn’t need offensive lineman, although good moves have been made in free agency so far. There were at least three amazing offensive lineman that I see went after us in same round. I’m not saying that Austin Ekeler is perfect and doesn’t need a backup because he’s certainly struggled with fumbling and isn’t really the biggest running back, but it is just frustrating that our first pick back from the trade would be a running back. Another bad aspect of the draft is just in fact losing two picks back to back to a team that you know is rebuilding. I don’t think this linebacker class is as deep as others are trying to say it is, so landing a top level talent and one of the best leaders in this draft will prove to be the better move in the end, but you always gotta wonder how it would’ve played out had we stayed put. Before the next section I’ll just come out and say here that our draft grade is a B- for addressing needs, selecting a franchise quarterback, making an aggressive trade.
The Ugly: At the conclusion of this draft recap I will show y’all what I would’ve done as a GM in the later rounds. For now let’s all ponder the reasoning behind drafting wide receiver from the University of Virgina, Joe Reed. This man is primarily a return specialist that can provide some sparks on offense when needed. I’m not saying that getting a versatile wide receiver is bad, but come on Tom...we could’ve had Tyler Johnson, Quintez Cephus, or even Collin Johnson. Of course during the draft we don’t know who is going to fall, but if our mind was truly set on Alohi Gilman then it would’ve been nice to see us take him in the fifth round and then have had the option of Donovan Peoples-Jones in the sixth round. This would mean we don’t take KJ Hill in the seventh and instead take Eno Benjamin, a running back we could’ve used on the goal-line. So here’s exactly what I would’ve loved to see play out for the best of the team. Fourth round; Ben Bartch/Ben Bredeson/Tyler Biadasz. Fifth round; Alohi Gilman or another defensive player such as Curtis Weaver or Bradlee Anae. Sixth round; Donovan Peoples-Jones or James Proche. Seventh Round; Eno Benjamin. By this you would see that we addressed all the same needs but instead of two wide receivers, added offensive line. Thank you everyone for checking out another article of mine! Take the time to review our other fantastic articles as well.