Let’s recap the flurry of picks and signings for the Los Angeles Chargers over the last few days!
1st Round - WR Mike Williams, Clemson
What We Wrote: "With the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select Clemson wide receiver, Mike Williams. He’s a tremendous playmaker and Philip Rivers will no doubt enjoy having a target that can go up and get the ball again. This is no surprise in that Williams had been rumored to be one of general manager Tom Telesco’s top targets in the draft."
2nd Round - OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
What We Wrote: "With the 38th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and the sixth pick of the second round, the Los Angeles Chargers select offensive guard Forrest Lamp out of Western Kentucky. Lamp is an excellent football player and drafting him at 38 without having to trade up is a dream. The offensive line just got way, way better. This benefits the running and passing game. And it will force a lesser player out of the starting lineup."
3rd Round - OG Dan Feeney, Indiana
What We Wrote: "Feeney is a stud OG. He moves really well from the guard position and is probably the best pass blocking OG in the draft. Feeney has only given up 2 sacks in college. Feeney had a second round grade from me, and many others.
The concern with Feeney is that he has a history with concussions, a problem that is known all too well to Chargers fans with offensive linemen."
4th Round - S Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami
What We Wrote: "A 4.51 second 40 yard dash in above-average for a Safety, but Rayshawn Jenkins’ 37" vertical and 10’6" broad jump tells you he’s an explosive athlete. If you watched the Senior Bowl practices, Jenkins was the guy in the fist fight. So, there’s that...."
5th Round - DB Desmond King, Iowa
What We Wrote: "King is thought of as a smart player with great size and strength, but he was available in the 5th Round because he’s not very athletic and he lacks the speed to keep up with fast WRs downfield. That could make him perfect for a slot CB role in Gus Bradley’s defense."
6th Round - OT Sam Tevi, Utah
What We Wrote: "He has a lot to learn at the offensive tackle position, but should be afforded the opportunity either on the roster or the practice squad. He showed enough with only two years at the position to be drafted over many guys who have played the spot most of their life, which is saying something. Reading a few write-ups on him, he has issues getting too upright and lunging which are things you can’t live with if he plans on lasting in the NFL."
7th Round - DE Isaac Rochell, Notre Dame
What We Wrote: "After looking over a few breakdowns on this kid he seems like a high-character guy and was a captain his senior year at Notre Dame. Known for his dependability and durability, he played in over 83% of the defensive snaps over the last three seasons. Considering how big of a concern injuries have been for Charger fans, that will be a breath of fresh air."
Chargers sign 15 Undrafted Free Agents
What We Wrote: "On Defense we have CB Michael Davis from BYU has great size and speed at 6’2, 200lbs and ran a 4.40 at his pro day. He only had 2.5 career INT, however he had close to 20 PBU. LB James Onwualu from Notre Dame was a team captain and very productive in his Senior year netting 11.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 5 PBU, 3 FF, and 77 Total Tackles, Ian Rapoport tweeted that he received a lot of interest when the draft closed but the Chargers won the race to sign him. Wake Forest CB Brad Watson is interesting, he is 6’0 188, and only had a 4.65 40 yard dash at his pro day, but over the last 2 seasons he has 4 INT and 22 PBU.
On Offense, RB Austin Ekeler went to a small DII school in Colorado, and measures in at only 5’8 and 195 lbs, but ran for just shy of 6k yards in 4 years. He also ran a 4.43 and had a 40.5" vert at his pro day. WR Artavis Scott is 1st round pick Mike Williams’ teammate and could fight for a PS spot. WR/RB/KR Dontre Wilson split time between RB and WR while also being a big contributor returning kicks. He is a versatile weapon that could find a spot."
So, there you have it. No trades, and a heavy focus on offense (specifically along the line) from GM Tom Telesco. What grade would you give the Chargers on their 2017 class of rookies?