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Grade and Reactions to the Alohi Gilman pick

I’m not sure what the thought was behind this pick.

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The Chargers used their sixth-round pick (186th) on former Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman. That brings the total number of Irish players to four on the Bolts roster, joining defensive end Isaac Rochell, defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, and linebacker Drue Tranquill.

I can’t really tell you what the thought process was behind this pick when you consider the team has three starting-caliber safeties with last year’s UDFA signing Roderic Teamer also there for depth. This pick honestly screams “special teams”. Seeing as the Chargers lost Derek Watt, Adrian Phillips, and Nick Dzubnar in free agency, they could honestly be attempting to get guys they believe could elevate kick coverages and the return game.

He unfortunately doesn’t bring anything special to the defense at 5’10 and 201 pounds. I simply do not know where he fits in right now and I think there’s a chance he doesn’t end up making the roster. His ceiling is the team’s Adrian Phillips role as a sub-package linebacker and special teams ace.

Final Grade: D+

The reactions online have been mixed, and it seems like Gilman’s high character was a selling point for the Chargers.