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Los Angeles Chargers 2024 NFL Draft picks, analysis and rookie spotlight | NFL draft

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rear view mirror. After a series of selections from April 25 to 27, 257 players were selected for the NFL.

With that we give you our full summary of the Los Angeles Chargers‘ draft, featuring analysis of every selection the team made over the weekend and an in-depth look at their top pick.

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Draft picks for 2024

Alt — The Chargers had obvious needs at both wide receiver and offensive tackle. They opted to strengthen their offensive line, which should help keep franchise cornerstone Justin Herbert afloat and spark a run game that hasn’t existed in recent years. Alt allowed just 13 pressures on more than 700 pass-blocking snaps over the past two seasons.

McConkey After strengthening the trenches in the first round, Los Angeles trades up a pair of picks to land its wide receiver at the top of the second round. McConkey made over 600 appearances on the outside over the past two seasons at Georgia, but he projects as someone who will spend most of his time in the NFL. He has the speed to get vertical and the speed to create separation underneath and complete after the catch, so he could quickly play a major role for the Chargers in Year 1.

Colson The Jim Harbaugh-led Chargers select their first Michigan Wolverine, Colson. In 2023, Colson posted a career tackling grade of 90.2, missing just 4.7% of his tackle attempts throughout the season. He was also one of the nation’s top linebackers in coverage, posting an 83.4 coverage grade.

Eboigbe — Eboigbe set career highs in sacks (seven) and QB pressures (31) in 2023. His run-defense grade of 86.4 ranked second among all FBS edge rushers last year.

Still – Still is a physical cornerback with solid instincts and outside/slot versatility. He made the press on 122 of his 289 coverage snaps in 2023, and his career-high five interceptions ranked third among Big Ten cornerbacks. He also showed some tenacity as a run defender, posting a run defense grade of 88.4.

Heart- Hart allowed no touchdowns on 308 coverage snaps in 2023 and is a high-ceiling cornerback with great measurability and athleticism. The Chargers made cornerback a priority on Day 3 after previously selecting Tarheeb Still and acquiring two different playing styles and body types in the fifth round.

Vidal — Vidal is a hyped-up, explosive athlete, but his vision in space needs to accelerate before he can earn a rotational role in the NFL. However, he posted a career rushing grade of 93.2 in 2023, scored 14 touchdowns and forced a whopping 94 missed tackles in 295 attempts.

Rice – It’s unclear why Rice fell so far into the draft. Brenden, the son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, was PFF’s 125th overall prospect, so the Chargers may have been one of the steals of Day 3. From 2022 to 2023, the USC receiver generated a 117.3 rating when targeted, ninth-best among all players at the position during that span.

Johnson Jim Harbaugh heads back to Ann Arbor to bring in another Wolverine. Johnson is a very willing blocker in the run game and is also extremely underrated as a route runner. There are several instances of Johnson making extraordinary catches on deep throws. Combine that with Justin Herbert’s bazooka and this is a good fit. In addition to earning a PFF grade of 71.1 in 2023, Johnson also received a national championship ring.

Rookie Spotlight: T Joe Alt, Notre Dame

Scouting overview

Alt is an unquestionable first-round offensive lineman on film, with a high football IQ at just 21 years old. He started as a true freshman at Notre Dame and played more than 2,200 snaps in his three-year career. Despite being 6-foot-4, he has the flexibility to get into a three-point stance and maintain a good drive and take advantage of the snap.

His footwork is so quick for a player his size, and his balance and core strength stand out. He is effective in both gap and zone blocking schemes.

His only real weaknesses come from overextending his arms and getting off balance to dictate contact, and his lack of density when absorbing bull rushes.

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Wins above average

WAA represents the number of wins a player is worth compared to an average college football player and is a metric that evaluators can use to assess performance.

It combines how well a player has performed in each facet of the game (based on PFF grades) and how valuable each facet is to winning football games. The result is a unique metric that enables cross-positional valuation and predicts future value at the player and team level.

Alt’s wins above average (WAA) since 2021.
How Alt scores in the stable statistics
Joe Alt’s percentile is among the most stable blocking stats since 2021.

Alt will enter the league as one of the best pass-blocking prospects in recent memory.

The Notre Dame Intercept played more than 300 pass-blocking snaps in all three of his college seasons and improved his pressure level each year. He is also a fantastic run-blocker, with three consecutive run-blocking grades above 75.0.

it comes down to

The NFL draft is all about finding players with size, speed and strength who have the IQ to utilize those traits to their full potential. That is Joe Altand that should mean a top-10 selection as a long-term future approach.