Los Angeles Chargers April Scouting Report
As the Chargers approach the 2022 NFL draft, weâ€™ll look at what theyâ€™ve done via free agency and what their draft needs are. In terms of current needs, most of that involves their offensive line, possibly some quality back-ups at running back, a big run stopper on the defensive line, and some depth in the secondary would be nice. Hereâ€™s where the team presently stands, by position.
QB: In QB Justin Herbert, you have a young guy under rookie contract who is arguably one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the league. If he stays healthy, the team should be in good shape at the position. Journeyman QB Chase Daniel is a reasonable backup, but likely wonâ€™t see much action.
RB: The only consistent running back in the group is RB Austin Ekeler, who is probably the NFLâ€™s best all-purpose back. Neither RB Josh Kelley nor RB Larry Rountree have impressed so far, so look for the Bolts to add depth via the draft.
WR: I think the Chargers are in very good shape at wideout. WR Keenan Allen and WR Mike Williams are one of the better one-two combos out there. WR Josh Palmer appears to have the potential to be something special, given the opportunity. WR Jalen Guyton is a speedster who has looked impressive, at times.
TE: I also feel the Bolts are set at tight end. The signing of free agent TE Gerald Everett was a definite upgrade. TE Donald Parham, Jr. is a freak thatâ€™s half wide receiver and half tight end. A legitimate deep threat that opposing defenses must account for. TE Tre McKitty has been solid, although his appearances have been limited.
PK: The Chargers have signed PK Dustin Hopkins to a multi-year contract, which makes sense, as he has been the most consistent kicker in recent memory.
DEF: Most of the Chargers free agent moves have involved their defensive. The headline signing was CB J.C. Jackson, who is one of the best in the business. Pash rush specialist Khalil Mack represents an upgrade and a decent bookend for LB Joey Bosa. There is still room for improvement in this area, which may be addressed in the draft. DT Sebastian Joseph-Day is a quality player who should help shore up the defense, but this remains a draft need, although I suspect their emphasis will be on the offensive line.
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