What NFL Executives Said About The Chargers Draft
A week later, after the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chargers are still receiving praise from national writers and analysts for their achievement.
But what do league members think of the team’s draft class?
Athletic’s Mike Sando spoke to a few NFL executives to get their thoughts on the Los Angeles draft.
Like the rest of the population, they were impressed with what GM Tom Telesco did, especially with the selection of offensive tackle Rashawn Slater.
âI hate to say it, the Chargers, they sit down and pick good players,â said one assessor. âIt’s been like that for the last three or four years. Derwin James, Justin Herbert, Rashawn Slater. They never trade, they always seem to be in that great place to get good players.
Many, myself included, didn’t expect Slater to see a slide to 13th place for the Bolts, but after that it was obvious to the team who needed a left tackle from the Bolts. franchise.
âThe project fell to them in a significant way, but you get a confirmation bias, where everyone gave them Slater, so the fact that it worked that way leads everyone to say it was a excellent choice, âsaid one executive.
Even though he will start his professional career as blind tackle from quarterback Justin Herbert, people in the league feel he will be the most successful inside guard.
âI think he’s going to be a really good offensive lineman, and I think the goalie will be his best place,â said one executive.
Only time will tell how Slater plays out on the left tackle, but given how he’s fared against Chase Young with other elite defenders, I think he’s going to be fine.