Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Los Angeles Chargers.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|38||G||Forrest Lamp||Western Kentucky|
|113||S||Rayshawn Jenkins||Miami FL|
|225||5T||Isaac Rochell||Notre Dame|
Best Value: CB Desmond King, Iowa
King outside of the top 150 players selected is excellent value. There’s some limitations to King’s abilities and he’s not a stand out athlete. Yet the football intelligence he’s illustrated over the course of his career with the Hawkeyes is undeniable and the source of optimism for a quality pick in the middle rounds. The Chargers have twitch athletes on the boundary so his profile is likely going to offer looks at Safety.
King has the route recognition and ball skills to be a positive influence in coverage and playing him in the box would allow for his quality tackling to be illustrated as well. King fell due to questions regarding his athleticism but his football abilities very much outweigh that issue.
Worst Value: S Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami FL
Jenkins is an impressive physical specimen and should be getting looks on the special teams units to start. Yet Jenkins in coverage was consistently a half step late during his playing time at Miami, a problem that is going to be accentuated at the NFL level.
Jenkins’ rally skills are top notch and he’s an imposing presence, yet there’s too many warts in his game to warrant looks in the immediate future and his value at 113 was highly at odds against my personal draft board.
Could Surprise: DL Isaac Rochell, Notre Dame
For the focus the Chargers gave to fortifying their offense, I don’t think any of those players will surprise. Feeney, Lamp and Williams figure to be big pieces of the Chargers going forward, especially given their priority at the top of the Draft.
Isaac Rochell, on the other hand, is a quality football player who, much like Desmond King, slid on account of a lack of notable athletic traits. Rochell is a master at controlling the line of scrimmage with his hands and his feel for attacking blocks is strong; a trait that should serve him well as he tries to make the Chargers team.
Rochell is a player that can slide up and down the exterior gaps and has value as a primary run defender.