Chargers Earn an ‘B+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Chargers, who according to Kiper got an ‘B+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

It was a quiet offseason for the Chargers, but they have a lot of talent on the roster. This is a team that could win the AFC West in 2018. L.A. got very little out of its 2017 rookie class, mostly due to injuries — watch out for Mike Williams and Forrest Lamp in 2018. Now they have some possible gems in the 2018 class, too. Derwin James was the steal of Round 1 at 17 — plug him in at one of the safety spots on Day 1. He’s a bigger defender who’s not afraid to hit and wrap up — the Chargers allowed a league-worst 4.9 yards per rush last year, and tackled terribly on the second level — and he has the athleticism and range to cover the deep middle of the field.

Uchenna Nwosu (pick 48) is one of the best pure 3-4 edge rushers in this class. He’s going to be good in a situational role with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram already on the roster. That wasn’t a need position, but I like that the Chargers went with the best player on the board. Justin Jones at 84 was a reach for me — I thought he was more of a fifth- or sixth-round pick — but there weren’t many nose tackles left, and the Chargers had to get one. I like safety Kyzir White (119) and receiver Dylan Cantrell (191) on Day 3. White, the younger brother of Bears’ wideout Kevin White, is a physical player.

GM Tom Telesco could have a few steals on his hands here.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/17 Derwin James S FLORIDA STATE
2/48 Uchenna Nwosu OLB USC
3/84 Justin Jones DT NC STATE
4/119 Kyzir White S WEST VIRGINIA
5/155 Scott Quessenberry C UCLA
6/191 Dylan Cantrell WR TEXAS TECH
7/251 Justin Jackson RB NORTHWESTERN


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