Los Angeles Chargers April Scouting Report
One thing to remember about the Chargers in terms of how they draft, is that they have a "best man available" mentality. While they will target certain players and certain positions, if there is a player, they can use who offers a lot of value at their draft slot, they will likely grab that player rather than overpaying for someone else. So, with the draft fast approaching, here is a look at the team’s current needs.
QB: It is rather evident that QB Justin Herbert is one of the finest rookies to come along in an awfully long time. So, I do not think they have needs at this position in terms of the draft. Do not be surprised to see the team go after some offensive line help, particularly at left tackle.
RB: The Chargers are in relatively good shape here, with RB Austin Ekeler being one of the more versatile run/catch backs in the league. RB Joshua Kelley was up and down last season. He has plenty of potential, but he will need to prove himself. The same goes for RB Justin Jackson, who was somewhat injury prone. You may see a running back drafted in the late rounds, but this should not be a priority.
WR: There may been a need for depth at this position, but again, I do not feel like the team is in bad shape. WR Keenan Allen will be the top option at wideout and WR Mike Williams returns as the deep threat. WR Tyron Johnson is a sleeper worth watching. It would not shock me to see a wide receiver drafted, but I would be surprised if that happens in the earlier rounds.
TE: The loss of TE Hunter Henry to the Patriots was a big blow, but the team is hoping to replace his production through the free agent addition of former Saints’ TE Jared Cook as well as TE Donald Parham, Jr. Parham is the sleeper of the two, as he possesses considerable speed to the point of being a potential deep threat. I would not be surprised to see two tight end sets featuring Cook and Parham with both being excellent potential targets for QB Justin Herbert.
PK: I am not sure why, but the Chargers seem to be possibly inclined to stick with PK Mike Badgley, who had a bad season in 2020.
DEF: This is where most of the team’s needs seem to lie. DE Melvin Ingram remains a free agent, but whether he returns or not, look for the Bolts to draft a young, aggressive pash rusher. Other needs would include linebacker, safety and corner, so I would expect to see most of the Chargers’ focus on the defense.
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