Los Angeles Chargers 2017 Draft Review

1st/7 Mike Williams, WR

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 218 School: Clemson

After a second straight injury shortened season to Kennan Allen forced the Chargers hand to go out and find a new go to receiver. At 6’4 218lbs Williams has the size to thrive running slants in the Chargers quick strike passing attack where his leaping ability and good catching radius can allow him to win down the field. Williams may have gone earlier than expected but he could end up being the best receiver Phillip Rivers has had.

 

2nd/39 Forrest Lamp, OT

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 309 School: Western Kentucky

Former running back coach Anthony Lynn as the new head coach the emphasis will be running the ball. To do so the Chargers had to improve their offensive line. Lamp is a former college tackle but his size makes him a better fit inside where he can use leverage and technique to create creases for Melvin Gordon to run through. Lamp should push the ineffective Orlando Franklin at left guard possibly moving him outside to right tackle.

 

3rd/71 Dan Feeney, G

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 305 School: Indiana

For the Chargers offense to run the way the coaches want it they had to fix the offensive line and taking two straight guards on day two is a big way to do that. Feeney is a mauler at right guard using his strength and footwork to bully defenders and drive them to the ground. Feeney should be an instant starter at right guard and someone Gordon will love to run behind.

 

4th/113 Rayshawn Jenkins, S

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 214 School: Miami

A traditional box safety prospect Jenkins is a straight line athlete who is quick to fill downhill to stop the run with limitations in coverage. With Gus Bradley running the defense the Chargers are looking for their version of Kam Chancellor where Jenkins will get a chance to compete with Jahleel Addae at strong safety.

 

5th/151 Desmond King, S

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 201 School: Iowa

A poor senior season ruined any momentum he had gain from a stellar 2015 year where he won the Thorpe Award for best defensive back in the nation. With only average speed the Chargers plan to move King to free safety where his quickness and ball skills can be more effective.

 

6th/190 Sam Tevi, OT

Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 311 School: Utah

After starting his career as a defensive lineman Tevi switch to the offensive side starting at left tackle and right tackle. Tevi has the ideal length to play tackle along with quick feet. Tevi can provide the Chargers with a swing tackle as a rookie with the hopes he could develop into as starter down the line.

 

7th/225 Isaac Rochell, DE

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 280 School: Notre Dame

Rochell has the size and strength to hold the point of attack and the tenacity to be a solid run defender on the edge. Lacking the burst or flexibility Rochell will never be seen as a pass rushing option. Rochell has back up potential but he’ll be fighting to win a roster spot.

 

Best Pick

Lamp (second round)

 

Upside Pick

King (fifth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

One person who is going to love the Chargers draft is Phillip Rivers who not only gets a new number one receiver but two guard that will help him stay upright. Afterwards the Chargers let King fall into their laps while only Rochell is on the roster bubble.

Grade: B+

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