Chargers Make Good Draft Moves

Los Angeles Chargers

During the 2017 NFL season, Los Angeles Chargers were one team that surprised a lot of people. The Chargers were starting their first year ever in Los Angeles after spending the last two decades in San Diego. At the same time, there seemed to be a lot of transition on the roster and most people did not have very high expectations for the team. The Chargers started off the season a little bit slow by winning just one of their first five games. However, they ended very hot and actually ended up with a final record of nine wins and seven losses. While this was not good enough for the playoffs, the Chargers had plenty of reason for optimism.

Now that the season is over, the Chargers are continuing to look for ways to improve their roster for the upcoming season. The team is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and looks as if they could compete for the playoffs next year. However, there are many different roles of the team could look fill and adding depth was a major goal during the off-season. One of the biggest events of the offseason for the Chargers occurred this past week during the NFL Draft. During the draft, the Chargers made many moves that made NFL experts believe that they were one of the biggest winners of the weekend (https://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/2018/4/29/17299150/defense-and-depth-hi...).

During the draft, the Chargers were one of the more quiet teams overall. While several teams made a lot of trades during the draft, the Chargers were able to stick with their original picks and instead focus on drafting the top available players. This suited the team very well as they were able to land some of the top players in the draft.

During the first round of the draft, the Chargers were able to select Derwin James at number 17 overall. Derwin James is a very talented safety that played for Florida State during his college years. James was widely considered to be one of the top safeties in the draft overall and many expected that he would go in the top 10. Being able to grab him at number 17 was considered great value.

The Chargers continued to add defensive depth in the later rounds. In the second round they grabbed Uchenn Nwosu, an OLB from USC and Justin Jones a strong DT out of NC State.

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