3 Players the Chargers Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick

David Kaestle
Tristan Wirfs is the top-ranked tackle in the draft.
Tristan Wirfs is the top-ranked tackle in the draft. / Matthew Holst/Getty Images
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The Los Angeles Chargers have officially moved on from long-time starting quarterback Philip Rivers and head into 2020 with Tyrod Taylor as their starting QB, for now.

While they have done a lot to sure up the offensive line and try and fill some holes on defense, there are some areas of need that remain. Let's go over three players the Chargers should avoid with their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

1. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Tristan Wirfs at the NFL Combine.
Tristan Wirfs at the NFL Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Chargers were in dire need of offensive line help heading into the 2020 offseason, but they took care of that before the draft, trading for Trai Turner and signing Bryan Bulaga. While they could use an upgrade at left tackle, Trey Pipkins actually had a decent year last year. His emergence and the addition of Turner and Bulaga makes their offensive line viable for next season, at least enough not to spend a top pick on someone here.

2. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Derrick Brown is the best DT in the NFL Draft.
Derrick Brown is the best DT in the NFL Draft. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Billed as the best interior lineman in the draft by a wide margin, Derrick Brown could very well be available for the Chargers at No. 7. At this point though, Brown would be more of a depth play, rather than addressing a pressing need. Sure he would have a great shot to start alongside Linval Joseph, but the mere signing of Joseph makes the interior front formidable enough to look elsewhere in the first round.

3. C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

C.J. Henderson is the second-best cornerback in the NFL Draft.
C.J. Henderson is the second-best cornerback in the NFL Draft. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Cornerback is an area of need for the Chargers heading into the draft, but not enough to reach for one at No. 6. The signing of Chris Harris was a good one, but he will primarily play within the slot, leaving some depth issues on the outside opposite of Casey Hayward. If the Chargers had a chance at Jeff Okudah, the draft's top corner, using this pick on a corner might then be a viable option for them, but it would be shocking to see Okudah make it past No. 4. After the Ohio State product, there is a big drop-off in talent until you arrive at C.J. Henderson, the draft's No. 2 ranked cornerback. While Henderson is a fine player, taking him at No. 6 would simply be too big of a reach to overcome. If they fell in love with someone like Henderson they could easily trade out of the top 10 and select him later in the first round.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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