Thor Nystrom recently ranked all 32 of the NFL’s undrafted free agent classes and the Chargers did not come out looking very sparkly. According to Nystrom, the Bolts came away with the 27th-ranked haul in the NFL, or the sixth-worst to put it another way.
To him, the Bolts’ class is highlighted by the defensive linemen brought in.
“The Chargers were light on defensive line depth coming out of the draft, so it’s not a surprise they targeted that in the UDFA free-for-all,” Nystrom said. “I’d bet that at least one of Gaziano or Fehoko make the team. Asmar Bilal and Jesse Lemonier are two other guys to keep an eye on in camp.”
Many have already pegged Gaziano as one of the top UDFAs signed and correspondingly believe he has one of the best chances to stick with the final 55 in early September. Nystrom also mentions Lemonier, who is exactly what the team is looking for in a player to play the LEO position. Those two, combined with the trio of fullback prospects, all have elevated shots at sticking with the Chargers.
The Bolts didn’t scoop up any big names that happened to fall out of the draft. That’s pretty normal of them. They don’t get wrapped up in hype and always stick to their guns and their player models. You can tell that was the case with the class as they brought in taller corners, big and physical safeties, and several other athletic linebackers who could play multiple spots.
And now for some links.
Gavino Borquez lists five bold predictions for the Chargers’ 2020 draft class (Chargers Wire)
Gavino Borquez details Anthony Lynn’s weariness about the proposed Rooney Rule changes (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed lays out how the Chargers can beat each AFC West rival (Bolt Beat)
Jason Reed explains why the Chargers first game in SoFi Stadium will be a nightmare (Bolt Beat)
Kristopher Knox thinks OT Ryan Roberts is the most-exciting UDFA added by the Chargers (Bleacher Report)
Alex Ballentine pegs the biggest winner in each division (Bleacher Report)
Mike Florio discusses the latest string of arrests among NFL players (Pro Football Talk)
Michael Lombardi ponders if Big Ben will be the same guy once he returns in 2020 (The Athletic)