NFL Draft Insiders
The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?
ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.
Los Angeles Chargers
Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: A
Kiper: The newest team to move to Los Angeles needed a fresh start, and this class will help. We speculated before the draft whether the Chargers would draft a future replacement for Philip Rivers, instead they seem intent to make him better than ever. Keenan Allen has played only nine games over the past two seasons, which is why I pegged receiver as the Chargers' top need. Los Angeles got my top-ranked receiver at No. 7 in Mike Williams, a potential perennial Pro Bowler who can be thrown to even when covered. He made Deshaun Watson better last season, snagging errant throws and taking them to the house. The Chargers just need to get Allen and Williams on the field at the same time. That's a strong, young core, along with former undrafted free agent Tyrell Williams and tight end Hunter Henry. Philip Rivers has to be thrilled, and fantasy experts agree.
After cutting D.J. Fluker, guard moved up to a need, and Los Angeles went with two interior linemen on Day 2. It got my Nos. 1- and 3-ranked guards in Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. Lamp, a four-year starter at left tackle for Western Kentucky, could end up as the Chargers' starting center when the 2017 season begins. Former Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King could end up at safety or slot corner -- he had 14 career interceptions. That was good value in the fifth. Isaac Rochell isn't much of a pass-rusher, but he can help in the running game.
|2/38||Forrest Lamp||G||WESTERN KENTUCKY|
|7/225||Isaac Rochell||DE||NOTRE DAME|
Todd McShay's favorite pick
Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky (pick No. 38)
I had Lamp rated as the top offensive lineman in the draft, and the Chargers, who had a massive need at both guard and tackle, saw the Western Kentucky product fall to them in the second round. Lamp plays with great toughness and he dominated Alabama pass-rushers Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson this past season. He's good athlete and should be a plug-and-play starter at guard in Los Angeles. The Chargers also found good value by drafting Desmond King (our No. 77 player) with the 151st pick.
Scouts Inc. on 2017 class
1 (7) Mike Williams, WR, Clemson | Highlights
What he brings: A big and physical receiver, Williams needs polish with his routes but has the size and strength to create late separation when the ball is in the air. He's got the potential to develop into a one-on-one matchup problem outside the hashes and in the red zone due to his size, strength and ball skills. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: The Chargers provide Philip Rivers with another big-bodied receiver, similar to what Rivers had early in his career with Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd. Williams will add security for Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, who both suffered season-ending injuries last year. -- Kevin Weidl
2 (6) Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky | Highlights
What he brings: A converted tackle who will likely move inside at the NFL level. He is a grinder who plays with great technique and balance, and also has the intelligence and versatility to line up at multiple spots along the offensive line. Plug-and-play starter from day one. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: The Chargers released D.J. Fluker this offseason, which created a vacancy at right guard. Lamp is our top-rated offensive lineman on the board and projects as a Day 1 starter at guard. He's got the toughness to help improve a run game that finished 26th in the league last year. -- Steve Muench
3 (7) Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana | Highlights
What he brings: Feeney is a technician who plays on his feet, has good balance and a strong feel for angles. He doesn't have elite inline power, but he does a nice job of moving his feet upon contact and shows good patience in his pass sets. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: The Chargers take their second guard of the night and clearly aren't messing around when it comes to addressing the interior of the offensive line. Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp projects as one starter and Feeney is more than capable of pushing Orlando Franklin, who has underperformed, for the other starting spot. -- Steve Muench
4 (6) Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami | Highlights
What he brings: Jenkins is a strong safety prospect who is a straight-line player with limitations in coverage. He has the frame, toughness and is a reliable tackler to add depth in the secondary while also contributing on special teams. -- Kevin Weidl
5 (7) Desmond King, CB, Iowa | Highlights
What he brings:On the shorter side with average top-end speed, King isn't as fluid on tape as his combine results would suggest. He is, however, a playmaker with better quickness than speed and good instincts. He's also a tough player who is willing to step up in run support. -- Steve Muench
6 (6) Sam Tevi, OT, Utah
What he brings: A converted defensive lineman, Tevi has good feet and length for the position, including 34-inch arms, but he needs to get stronger and is still developing his awareness. He's a developmental prospect with the potential to become a serviceable backup, ideally for a zone-heavy blocking scheme. -- Kevin Weidl
7 (7) Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame | Highlights
What he brings: A 2016 team captain, Rochell is a tough competitor with the size and strength to set the edge and develop into an effective rotational player in a base three-man front. He's slow to get off blocks and he's not an explosive edge rusher. -- Steve Muench
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