The longest day of the draft is here and there’s still quite a few notable players available. The Chargers can go a number of different directions here and that makes today all the more exciting.
Below, I wrote about five prospects that I would love to see the Bolts take a shot on. Here’s a hint: “Line of scrimmage team.”
OG Trey Smith, Tennessee
Smith is a brute of a guard that overcame complications with blood clots during his time in college to return to play in 2020. He’s got great size at 6’5 and 321 pounds with a mauler’s mentality and elite athleticism for the position. Oday Aboushi is penciled in as the team’s starting right guard as of now but he’s only one a one-year contract and the Chargers would be smart to add another body to compete for the spot.
Trey Smith is a OG prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9.91 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 11 out of 1141 OG from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/isjNfEaPXn #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/fXMjXc7OWm— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 6, 2021
DE Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
Smith has a ton of upside as a twitched-up athlete who wins with suddenness off the line of scrimmage. He brings an intriguing amount of upside with his 6’6, 256-pound frame and stellar production at the FCS level (21.5 tackles-for-loss, 14 sacks in 2019). Scouts can’t get over how thin his lower body is but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed with some extra time in the weight room. The Chargers need depth behind Joey Bosa and Smith is the best available edge prospect left on the board.
DT Bobby Brown III, Texas A&M
Brown has been an often-mocked player to the Chargers leading up to this year’s draft. He was named a First-Team All-ACC selection in 2020 after posting 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. His size is comparable to current Charger Linval Joseph (6’4, 320 pounds) and I believe he’d be an excellent fit to replace him in the near future.
On some plays, Brown looks like the most-dominant defender on the field with the way he can walk an offensive lineman straight into the lap for the quarterback. On others, he seems to just phone it in. The talent is evident with Brown, he just need to consistently put it all together and hopefully a coach like Giff Smith is the man to help him with that.
Every week a scout buddy says to watch Texas A&M DT Bobby Brown III— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) December 20, 2020
Says he’s a guy the NFL is much higher on than media buzz. Helluva rep against Trey Smith
6’4 325 Junior pic.twitter.com/aIr4G0U0KC
OG David Moore, Grambling State
Moore is one of “my guys” in this draft class. He’s a super stout guard (6’1 and 330 pounds) with notable athleticism that dominated the opposition with one of the best HBCUs in the country. He’s got the strength to lock down pass rushers along the interior and can move very well when pulled out into space. He’s also got a little bit of a means streak to him that you can see in the video below. I think Moore can come in, sit for a year, and compete for the starting right guard job in 2022 if Oday Aboushi is not re-signed.
Grambling opt-out David Moore (60) is very powerful and has a aggressive streak. Still has work to do from a technical standpoint but improved during 2019 season. He’s headed to the @seniorbowl pic.twitter.com/7da0TqAQTZ— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) November 10, 2020
LB Derrick Barnes, Purdue
This isn’t going to be viewed as a big need, but I can’t help but think of Barnes and his versatility as a good fit for a Chargers defense that loves their players who can play multiple roles. Barnes spent the majority of his time with the Boilermakers as an edge player. As a junior in 2019, he finished with 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss before transitioning to inside linebacker as a senior. In that lone year off the ball, Barnes recorded 5.5 tackles-for-loss and a lone interception. He accepted an offer to play in the Senior Bowl where he performed admirably against some of the nation’s top talent. He can provide depth at both inside backer behind Kenneth Murray while also being able to walk up to the line of scrimmage and set the edge.
One of fastest rising LB in 2021 draft is @BoilerFootball Derrick Barnes. Showed edge rush ability as junior with 7.5 sacks and SL-to-SL speed playing off the ball this year. @derrickbarnes21 also had some good coverage reps for 245-lber at Senior Bowl with his reactive trigger. pic.twitter.com/ZRouUoxD7D— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) February 15, 2021