Mark J. Rebilas

NFL experts grade the Chargers draft

What did the draftniks say?

Interested in what the national media thought of the Chargers' picks in the 2016 NFL draft? Here's what Pro Football Focus and NFL.com had to say about the eight selections:

1 (3) Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2 (35) Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
3 (66) Max Tuerk, C, USC
4 (102) Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio State
5 (175) Jatavis Brown, ILB, Akron
6 (179) Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
6 (198) (from Minnesota) Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin
7 (224) Donavon Clark, G, Michigan State

Pro Football Focus:

San Diego Chargers, A-

Day 1: There was little discussion that Bosa would be the pick for the Chargers at No. 3, because of a perceived lack of ideal scheme fit, but they took the top player on our draft board and he will immediately upgrade their weak defensive front. Our top-graded edge defender each of the last two years, Bosa is strong against the run and he topped the nation with a +44.1 pass-rush grade. Whether he sees snaps on the outside at linebacker or he bulks back up to play 3-4 defensive end doesn’t really matter — Bosa simply defeats blockers in both phases of the game, and San Diego will take a major step forward with his addition.

Day 2: Ladarius Green has moved on, and Henry will fill his role as a pass-catching tight end. The sure-handed Henry didn’t drop a pass in 2015, and he has the speed to work the middle of the field for QB Philip Rivers. Tuerk moves better than any center in this draft, pulling and locking onto targets with great athleticism. Before going down to injury last year, he had posted a monster +9.4 overall grade on only 113 snaps.

Day 3: Perry is a solid-all around linebacker and he’s only missed nine tackles in over 200 attempts in the last two years. Brown is an athletic linebacker that can rush the passer (+23.9, first among LBs in class) and add value in coverage (+9.2, fourth in class). Watt posted the second-best grade among fullbacks in the draft class at +23.2.

NFL.COM:Day 1 grade: B
Day 2 grade: A-
Day 3 grade: A
Overall grade: B+


The skinny: No matter what anyone says, Bosa is an explosive pass rusher who deserved to be picked here. Should the team have invested this pick in an offensive tackle, though, to protect veteran quarterback Philip Rivers? Especially with Jeremiah Attaochu and Melvin Ingram already on the roster? San Diego met its important needs by picking the best tight end in the draft early in the second round in Henry, as well as an athletic center/guard prospect in Tuerk. There is some concern about whether Tuerk can stay healthy on Sundays.


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