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Chargers Draft Picks, Team Needs & First Round Betting Odds

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Chargers Draft Picks

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Chargers Draft Odds

Position of First Pick Odds
Offense -215
Defense +165
Odds as of late Wednesday and via DraftKings.
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Chargers Draft Needs

by Samantha Previte

  • WR: LA’s receiving corps is shallow after Keenan Allen. Next up on the depth chart are Mike Williams Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson. This year’s class is stacked with WR talent, any of whom should help with the development of 2020 first-rounder Justin Herbert.
  • TE: The Chargers replaced Hunter Henry, 26, with 34-year-old former Saints tight end Jared Cook, who signed a one-year deal at the beginning of free agency. Cook ranked 18th in receiving yards among tight ends (504) in 2020 and is likely on the decline. The team will need to find a longer term solution at the position past 2021.
  • DL: The Chargers’ pass rush was fairly anemic last season and finished 25th in sacks per game (1.7). They may look to add an edge rusher with one of their nine draft picks this year.

by Chris Raybon

  • T: Bryan Bulaga earned the second-worst PFF grade of his 11-year career last season (61.6, 69th of 89 qualifiers) and could be slowing down at age 32 while 2019 third-rounder Trey Pipkins regressed in Year 2 and finished 81st of 89.
  • LB: The Chargers lost two linebackers who graded out well above-average in Denzel Perryman (2nd of 99) and Nick Vigil (35th), leaving two who graded below-average atop the depth chart in Kenneth Murray (52nd) and Kyzir White (63rd). Murray was the 23rd overall pick in 2020 and could take a step forward, and White was top-30 in 2019, but what once looked like a strength is now far from a sure thing.
  • CB: Chris Harris Jr.’s PFF grade of 61.9 was 8.0 points below his previous career-low (set in 2019) and ranked in just the 47th-percentile among corners. With Harris seemingly in decline at age-32 and Casey Hayward Jr. not re-signed, Michael Davis (63.1, 57th percentile) and Tevaughn Campbell (52.4, 27th percentile) leave the Chargers with a below-average group on paper.
  • S: The Chargers lost 24th-ranked safety Rayshawn Jenkins to the Jaguars, leaving 2019 second-rounder Nasir Adderley, who ranked 87th, and Derwin James, who has played only five games since his elite rookie year in 2018.
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