We’ll turn our attention shortly to who won day three of the NFL draft, but the reality is that the true substance of most team’s drafts has already been acquired in the first three rounds. There are steals out there to be had, but by and large we already have a daily clear picture of which teams have produced quality drafts, at least according to our pre-draft analysis of the prospects they’ve acquired. Here’s my thoughts on a couple of the top classes so far:
The Chargers were in a weird spot, because although talented, the push to rebuild was strong from some after the team struggled against last year. The AFC West is tough, but I’m always of the opinion that if you have a high-caliber quarterback, go do everything you can to surround him with talent and make a push for a championship. The Chargers have clearly done that, addressing crucial needs on their offensive line and getting Rivers the catch point, post-catch threat he desperately needs in Mike Williams.
Williams will step in right away, bringing an important skill set to the fold that varies greatly from Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. As for the offensive line, the Chargers had the heaviest, most nonathletic group in the league as recent as last year, yet now will start Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney at guards and perhaps last year’s third round pick Max Tuerk at center.
For my money, Lamp is the best offensive lineman in the class, and if more of a zone scheme is in San Diego’s future, Feeney will be a great fit. The team still desperately needs safety help, and a corner wouldn’t hurt today either.