Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs 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|
|225||5T||Isaac Rochell||Notre Dame|
Best Value: CB Desmond King, Iowa
While Desmond King is not a universal scheme fit, he does offer high level skills in a zone-heavy defense, and can play inside or outside. With advanced skills in layering coverage, reading the backfield, and competing at the catch point, King understands spacing and anticipates routes and route combinations at a high level. King effectively plays the boundary and takes away perimeter runs and screens.
While his tackling technique can improve, he finds a way to get his man down and aggressively pursues the football. King isn’t ideally suited to compete on an island in man coverage as he lacks the fluidity and long speed to remain in phase. His zone coverage ability and reactionary skills should allow him to play significant snaps in a zone coverage scheme.
Worst Value: OT Sam Tevi, Utah
Sam Tevi began his Utah career as a defensive lineman that didn’t start a game in his first two seasons and finished an offensive tackle who started 24 games in his final two seasons and made his way onto the NFL’s radar. Tevi brings the movement skills and chippy demeanor expected from a defensive line convert. His foot speed serves him well as a pass blocker: his kickslide is not easily stressed by speed around the edge track, and Tevi is able to challenge landmarks. An easy mover into space, Tevi does well to seal second level pursuit and lead block. Tevi does have some technical and mental work remaining in his transition. He has a propensity to drop his head, which causes a slew of issues with his punch. He regularly fails with his hand technique.
Understanding timing at the first level and recognizing pressure packages are the areas of refinement for his mental game. Tevi has potential that can be developed, but he’s a work in progress. His experience playing left and right tackle is a boost for his draft stock, as he projects as a backup swing tackle in the NFL.
Could Surprise: S Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami
Rayshawn Jenkins has the aggressive play demeanor that I love in my safeties. Not afraid to fire into the alley or box from the third level, Jenkins aggressively works to the football and takes good angles. He is a good finisher and plays physically. While Jenkins has the movement skills to compete in coverage, he lacks quick reactionary skills and will need refinement in his ability to anticipate route concepts. As it stands, he is thinking and often late to fulfill his duties.
Jenkins offers versatility to line up in two-deep looks and function in the box. Initially he should be a strong asset on special teams with eventual starters upside.