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  • #13
    Originally posted by beachcomber View Post
    looking over the different teams' drafts, would venture that Jax, Giants, Dallas, Carolina and SF got the best of things.... ??
    As a recent Cowboys fan, and someone still tuned in to things-Cowboys...gotta say they had a terrible draft. They were drafting high and had 10 picks...but farted it away.

    Top Drafts relative to draft position: Dolphins, Browns, Ravens, Patriots, Lions, Chargers, Jags, Giants, Panthers.

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    • #14
      Chargers added lots of smarts in this draft, a lot of football pedigree and they are set to build the best chemistry in the NFL. They got some studs too!

      Dumb players do dumb things that lose games. Clowns drain energy and focus from the locker-room. They miss practices, miss games, miss assignments. I've watched that over and over with the Cowboys. This draft was such a refreshing contrast as I come over from being a Cowboys fan. This was a very smart first draft for the Staley era.

      You want a band of brothers first. Once that is established, sure you can afford maybe adding a high-risk player w/some baggage if and when that becomes warranted. But Staley is going to have a dozen coaches on the field. That comes first and that's gold.

      They did all that while still having what most regard as a top-8 draft.

      Other notes:
      -Added some guys you can contribute early in special teams
      -Their new TE and WR can block. That takes a run game to the next level.
      -This crop comes in clean w/out w/baked-in health concerns.

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      • #15
        Originally posted by Hadl2Alworth View Post

        Staley mentioned that McKitty could line up on the LOS and play either the Y or F TE. I admit I don't know what those are. Anyone?
        The Y receiver is lined up on the LOS next to the OT.
        The F receiver is lined in the offset Full Back position.

        I think that is right.

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        • #16
          Originally posted by nomad1946 View Post

          The Y receiver is lined up on the LOS next to the OT.
          The F receiver is lined in the offset Full Back position.

          I think that is right.
          Thank you! Very interesting to see if McKitty plays the F-spot very much and blocks for Ekeler there. Or would he be a blocker for Herbert? Receiver? Mix? lol

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          • #17
            The last 3 picks are meh. The rest is good and helps the team in those areas at the positions.

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            • #18
              Originally posted by Hadl2Alworth View Post
              Thank you! Very interesting to see if McKitty plays the F-spot very much and blocks for Ekeler there. Or would he be a blocker for Herbert? Receiver? Mix? lol
              It seems McKitty was drafted more for his blocking, I believe.

              Usually on pass plays the tight end runs a route and looks for the ball, though they sometimes stay to protect QB on blitzes. So McKitty's role early next season will likely be to block on short yardage situations, or just be there as a backup. My opinion. We'll see.

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              • #19
                Originally posted by ChargersPowderBlue View Post
                The last 3 picks are meh. The rest is good and helps the team in those areas at the positions.

                This draft class had little depth to offer in the late rounds. Covid really messed things up. I really like what the Chargers did w/their selections, given the situation. McKitty is the only pick I don't care for.

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                • #20
                  R1 (13): T Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

                  Grand slam home run, never satisfied, elite blue chip LT, no worries.


                  R2 (47): CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State

                  Terrific quick twitch CB who in most drafts gone in first round. Think he'll start outside then bump inside. Day one starter.

                  R3 (77): WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee

                  Meh, give benefit to Telesco but wanted safety/cb/defensive player here, then wait until next pick (97) to select Palmer. Don't hate player hate value and position here.

                  R3 (97): TE
                  Tre’ McKitty, Georgia

                  This one was to be expected given unforced error not resigning Hunter Henry, Telesco must view him of less tooled, athletic, blocking TE.

                  R4 (118): EDGE Chris Rumph II, Duke

                  Love this pick, small explosive edge rusher, great redirection, nice bend, aggressive hands.


                  R5 (159): T Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska

                  Love this pick as well, seriously, very stout, great hands again, never gives up will transition inside to LG and add valuable depth.

                  R6: (185): LB Nick Niemann, Iowa

                  Special teams player for sure, but never underestimate an Iowa Linebacker, very high motor, smart and productive, get most out of ability.


                  R6 (198): RB Larry Rountree III, Missouri.

                  Have to admit, took a break to watch some tape. Primary use will be in pass protection and special teams. love this quote "
                  magnet running at defenders on the second level." hoping same applies to his blocking ability as well, not much wiggle room, very solidly built and durable over 700 carries.

                  R7 (241): CB Mark Webb, Georgia

                  Listed as CB but he will play safety, Star roll or hybrid slot safety as Staley likes to use. This is a coaching move that adds value to the pick. He tested out crazy good @ Georgia Pro-Day, 6014 207 36.5 vert and 1104 BJ. The RAS grades him in corner category 6.31 but would look a lot better in safety class, 4.61 forty and 1.58 split. Down with pick.

                  B+

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                  • #21
                    NBC Sports:

                    draft grade 1.JPG
                    https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/pat...r-seven-rounds

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                    • #22
                      USA Today:

                      grade 2.JPG
                      https://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/l...-32-nfl-teams/

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                      • #23
                        Originally posted by Formula 21 View Post
                        LOS ANGELES CHARGERS


                        R1 (13): T Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
                        R2 (47): CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
                        R3 (77): WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee
                        R3 (97): TE Tre’ McKitty, Georgia
                        R4 (118): EDGE Chris Rumph II, Duke
                        R5 (159): T Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska
                        R6: (185): LB Nick Niemann, Iowa
                        R6 (198): RB Larry Rountree III, Missouri
                        R7 (241): CB Mark Webb, Georgia

                        Day 1: Some draft analysts had Rashawn Slater as the No. 1 offensive tackle on their boards. A player who had outstanding performances against Chase Young in college, Slater allowed only five total pressures on over 350 pass-blocking snaps in 2019 before opting out of the 2020 season. The Chargers have done a fantastic job of rebuilding their offensive line since the end of the season. Slater completes that job for quarterback Justin Herbert.

                        Day 2: The Chargers stand out as one of the early winners in this draft with the selection of Slater in the first round and Samuel in Round 2. Samuel’s instincts and quicks make him an ideal fit in his projected off-ball zone role in Brandon Staley’s new defense in Los Angeles. He recorded a forced incompletion rate above 20% over the course of his career at Florida State.

                        Palmer was one of the few wide receivers in this Day 2 range who fit the bill as a seemingly well-rounded player on the outside. Don’t be swayed by his lackluster production over the past few seasons at Tennessee. The quarterback situation there did Palmer no favors. He can create separation underneath and in the intermediate range with sudden routes and was one of the few receivers to beat new Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II deep this past season. He is a legitimate third option at the position beyond Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

                        This is a big reach for the Chargers. If they had to take a player who struggled to produce in college, you’d at least like to see them take someone who either has size or athleticism. Instead, they take a player who has neither. McKitty’s one trait is his hand size, which is in the 99th percentile, but his 14.3% drop rate tells you that it might not matter much. A head-scratching pick for a player ranked 246th on our board.

                        Day 3: Rumph is one of the most interesting Day 3 prospects. His pass-rush toolbox is as good as anyone’s in the draft, but he is extremely undersized. It didn’t stop him from being one of the most productive pass-rushers in college football over the past couple of years, with pass-rush grades of 92.7 and 78.1 and 92 total pressures on just over 440 pass-rushes. Play strength is a different story in the NFL, though. He’s a candidate to move to off-ball linebacker.

                        Draft Grade: A+
                        Okay, this is a complete joke. They gave 2 of the picks their apparently lowest rating of "poor" and 2 more picks were called "below average", apparently their next lowest rating. How that can combine with anything to make an A+ is a complete mystery. Their analysis here is internally inconsistent.

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                        • #24
                          If I had to pick the best and the worst draft, I would go with CHI as having had the best draft--trade up for Fields at #11, Jenkins, Herbert, Graham--all very good value. I would select HOU as having had the worst draft--limited picks and no major draft pick scores.

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