As we continue the march to the draft with our analysis of each team picking in the first round, we are going over the newly moved Chargers and the Panthers.
Los Angeles Chargers
1st Round Picks: #7
Change is abound for the Chargers. In one fell swoop, owner Dean Spanos announced the hiring of new HC Anthony Lynn and the moving of the franchise to Los Angeles. Since this announcement, there has been quite a bit of backlash when it comes to the changes of the franchise. Like it or not, the Chargers are ready to turn the corner and rejuvenate the franchise as a whole. There are pieces in place that can be built around (DE Joey Bosa, RB Melvin Gordon, LB Melvin Ingram), but if the Chargers are going to make a true impact in their first season in LA, then they need a playmaker (offensive or defensive).
Pick #7: S Jamal Adams (LSU)
While Adams is not as much of a ball-hawk as the Chargers would desire, he is a natural-born leader and will be a general in the defensive backfield. He can alternate from one safety position to another, and can thrive as either a run-support thumper or defending the deep ball. Wherever they plan to use him, Adams is an instant spark to take the Charger defense to the next step and fill the hole left by Eric Weddle a few years ago.
1st Round Picks: #8
The Panthers took a huge step down this past season. QB Cam Newton seemed to take a step back in his progress, the offensive line was marred with injuries, and the inexperienced secondary proved to be more of an issue than the team had hoped. This all coming only one year removed from a trip to the Super Bowl. Now, the Panthers are looking to properly reload to help Cam Newton regain his MVP caliber play and reclaim a dominant defense.
Pick #8: RB Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)
The Panthers are a team built first and foremost around the running game. At their best, the Panthers were utilizing all of their running backs and Cam Newton to torture defenses and open passing lanes. But Johnathan Stewart is 30 years old and the talent behind him on the depth chart don’t look like true game changers like the Panthers will need. That’s where McCaffrey comes in. The Stanford back is the newest Swiss army knife-type player to enter the league with a great deal of hype. He isn’t elite in any one facet of the game, but he is excellent in so many ways. The Panthers know how to get the most out of their running backs, and a weapon like McCaffrey would excel.
And those are my picks. For previous analysis, click the link below:
Browns & 49ers – here
Bears & Jaguars – here
Titans & Jets – here
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