Late Saturday evening, the LA Chargers announced the signing of four of their six 2020 drafts picks. They were sixth-overall pick Justin Hebert, fifth-rounder Joe Reed, sixth-round safety Alohi Gilman, and seventh-round wideout K.J. Hill.
They also announced that they have agreed to terms on contracts for both linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. and running back Joshua Kelley.
pen to paper ️— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 26, 2020
we've signed four members of our draft class and agreed to terms with @KennethMurray + @SmoothplayJK » https://t.co/i4S41HcZj9 pic.twitter.com/iFVq8pBczJ
Herbert’s contract numbers were first reported Saturday by NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The deal is fully-guaranteed and worth $26.6 million. The only other contract details reported were those of Murray’s deal, which will be for four years and worth up to $13 million.
let’s work ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/BOltLlfbbi— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 26, 2020
Reed left the University of Virginia as one of the best kick returners in college football history. He totaled a whopping 3,042 career yards and scored five times, including a 100-yarder last season. He’s also the only player to record 3,000 yards on kick returns while averaging 26+ yards per kickoff (28.7) in his career. He is going to get every chance to be the Bolts’ return KR specialist in 2020.
Gilman started his college career at the Naval Academy before transferring and finishing his final two years of eligibility with the Fighting Irish. He started all 26 games in South Bend, earning defensive captain honors as a senior. His play also earned him an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl earlier this year. He will likely play a key role on special teams as a rookie as the Chargers are returning just a fraction of their production in that phase of the game.
Hill left Ohio State as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 201 catches through his four years. He also became the only Buckeye wideout to record three seasons with 50+ receptions and while tying the school record with a reception in 48-straight games.