The Los Angeles Chargers improved on their defensive line in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The team could have gone in several directions with their 28th selection. They chose to select former Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery.
Below I will highlight some of the best players that are still available after one round of action. These selections are some that seem better suited for the Chargers as they continue their playoff run. Take a look:
Dalton Risner, OL, Boston College
Los Angeles was able to grab some defensive line help in the first round. They could choose to add protection for Philip Rivers here in the second. The Chargers have had issues with the offensive line for years now. The team has spent high draft picks on guys like Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp in recent years, but those moves have not panned out. Regardless of these moves, the offensive line still appears to be one of the weaker spots on the roster as we move into the second day.
Dalton Risner could be an interesting add for Los Angeles at pick number sixty. Risner has played all over the line at Kansas State, with right tackle being his most prominent position. Risner was a four-year starter for the Wildcats, bringing a ton of experience and grit to the position. He is incredibly consistent as both a run blocker and pass protector. His lack of elite athleticism likely attributed to his slide out of round one. However, he could start from day one on the right side and move over to left tackle in the future.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
The Chargers will eventually need to find their successor to Philip Rivers, and they could do so here in the second or third round. Former West Virginia quarterback Will Grier is one of the passers with a stock slotted for the draft’s second day. Grier is a fiery competitor that can make all the throws while having enough mobility to make him a threat on the run as well. There are significant consistency concerns, as well as lapses in both arm talent and decision making, but there is some level of applicable upside apparent. He is a former transfer from Florida who has dealt with some off-the-field trouble, but lands in the perfect situation to sit behind a future Hall of Famer in Rivers.
Rivers likely has another two to three years of reliable production but is undoubtedly on the back end of his career. Adding Grier on the draft’s second day could add some excitement to their future, as the team moves into a new stadium in 2020. He could sit behind Rivers for a year or two before taking over as the starter. Guys like Grier and North Carolina State’s Ryan Finley will be heavily considered for the Chargers. The team could also explore a trade up for someone like Missouri’s Drew Lock.
Nassir Adderley, Safety, Delaware
Los Angeles struck gold with their 2018 draft selection of Derwin James. James was arguably the top safety in the league as a rookie and showed some extreme versatility for the team. While there may not be players of his caliber available in the second round, Nassir Adderley could certainly help their defensive. Adderley could team with Derwin James and provide him a running mate on the back end with a little more range to compliment him and his skill set.
Adderley is a versatile defensive back that could be available to the team in the second or third round. He can fill multiple spots for Los Angeles, as he did at Delaware during the 2018 season. Adderley is comfortable as an outside corner and would complement James well in the secondary. He is suitable covering receivers and tight ends one-on-one and is not afraid to come up and support against the run, even if he is not too effective. He is one of the better, more complete, defensive backs available going into the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft.