In a new article over at ESPN (you need a ESPN+ subscription), draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay went back-and-forth discussing the top-10 players who should be selected at the top of next year’s drafts. Since the Bolts are on pace for a potential top-five pick, they spent some time deciding on the best pick for the Chargers, and in this exercise they chose fourth.
Surprisingly, neither analyst suggested an offensive lineman. In fact, neither was a corner or an edge rusher brought up. The two positions discussed were off-ball linebacker and an elite pass-catcher.
McShay suggested Micah Parsons from Penn State, this class’ top linebacker who could play off or rush the passer. Kiper suggested receivers Devonta Smith from Alabama and Ja’Marr Chase from LSU, as well as Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
This is quite mind-boggling. How does either of those two not suggest a player to help reinforce the team’s worst-performing position group?
They ended up picking LSU’s Chase as their pick at four and how underwhelming would that be? With all the other deficiencies on this team, they went with another player at a position they just spent two draft picks on earlier this year.
I don’t understand it.
Tell me how you all would feel about this choice in the comments.
And now for today’s links.
Falcons-Chargers game preview (Chargers.com)
Hayley Elwood is joined by offensive linemen of the past to reminisce on the glory days (Chargers.com)
Jack Clark discusses how to stay positive as a Chargers fan (Bolt Beat)
Todd McShay and Mel Kiper debate the top 10 picks of the 2021 draft (ESPN)
Josh Allen is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Pro Football Talk)
Dez Bryant tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Thursday Night Football (ESPN)
Odell Beckham Jr. remains bitter about his split from the Giants (Pro Football Talk)
Week 14 NFL power rankings (NFL.com)
The Ravens ran all over the Cowboys on Thursday night (CBS Sports)