NFL draft analyst Rob Rang was a guest on the latest episode of Chargers Weekly, the official podcast of the team.
Rang, who writes for NFLDraftScout.com, discussed this year’s quarterback draft class, potential options for the Chargers at No. 28 overall and what he learned from the Senior Bowl.
Highlights from the conversation are below.
Possibilities for the Chargers at No. 28 overall (14:25):
“Well, I’m going to give you the boring answer and say best player available … and I that think you are looking for the best player available because if you try and pigeonhole yourself too much, then I think that that’s never going to work out for you in the long run. I think this is a team that’s built to win right now, and so if you can find a player who’s going to be able to make an immediate impact the way that Derwin James did – obviously falling into their lap a year ago – then you might be able to really take advantage of that. And I think that this sets up beautifully for the Chargers because obviously you have an elite quarterback already on as your starter. Maybe you want to find somebody to compete for a developmental (role), but you’re not going to be taking that in the first round, or at least not likely in my opinion. And then, the same thing along the defensive line – because you already have the pass rushers in place, let some of those other teams take some of those pass rushers and allow some of those other cornerbacks, those offensive tackles that might be able to slide down and be able to help the Chargers a little bit more quickly.”
Top linebacker in the draft (16:25):
“Well, Devin White would be the one I definitely would start off with from LSU. I mean, he’s the reigning Butkus Award winner, and well deserved. … He’s one of those guys who is just – his compact build and his instincts, (and) just physicality is really what stands out in watching him on tape. ... To me, he is the one inside linebacker in this draft class who deserves to be selected in the first round. I think he’d be a terrific fit for the Chargers, not only because of what he brings to the table as a football player, but I know that from having covered the Chargers for so many years how much value they place in the intangibles, and is he a good person on and off the field. Devin White has high ranks in that regard. That’s why I think he’d be a spectacular fit for the Chargers.”
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