Let’s start this Hump Day off with a discussion point that many of you probably have already, in some way, tossed around in your head.
Now that we’ve seen how the 2021 draft played out, what pick(s) of the Chargers would you trade out for another player who was also still available following that selection?
For me, I would easily trade out the pick of tight end Tre’ McKitty for Quinn Meinerz, the offensive guard/center out of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He’d have reinforced the interior line and given the Chargers a clear-cut replacement for Oday Aboushi in 2022. But if the Chargers wanted to go the same route with the same process in mind, I would have gone with Boise State’s John Bates. Bates is a bit bigger at 6’5 and 250 pounds with a slower forty but his agilities were overall better. Their explosive testing (vertical/broad) was also roughly the same. McKitty has the better bench press mark but I honestly thought Bates’ blocking tape was at a higher level.
I put up their relative athletic scores below for comparison.
Tre McKitty is a TE prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 6.22 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 352 out of 929 TE from 1987 to 2021.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 27, 2021
A late entry in the RAS game, didn't have numbers before.https://t.co/R7iozE8pfZ #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/V5TZiGnN3P
John Bates is a TE prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 6.8 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 298 out of 927 TE from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/iVHar3Tfqm #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/74QtMK5PKi— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 8, 2021
Now I’ll throw this over to you. Which players would you have preferred the Chargers to draft and in which round?
And now for today’s links.
Meet the entire 2021 draft class (Chargers.com)
Tom Telesco breaks down the 2021 draft class (Chargers.com)
The Bolts announced Rashawn Slater’s jersey number (Chargers Wire)
Four rookies who will have the biggest impact (Bolt Beat)
Seven teams that could trade for Aaron Rodgers (ESPN)
Marcus Peters still feels disrespected by the Rams (ESPN)
Jimmy G views his relationship with Trey Lance in the same light as his and Tom Brady’s connection (NFL.com)
Malik Hooker is visiting the Dolphins (NFL.com)
D.K. Metcalf is trying out for the Olympics (Bleacher Report)
Alejandro Villanueva signed a two-year deal with the Ravens (Pro Football Talk)