Monday, May 16, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Los Angeles Chargers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 7.4 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 7 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 9 (

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Justin Herbert

The Chargers selected a guard in Zion Johnson, who figures to be a Day 1 starter, and running back Isaiah Spiller, who provides a much-needed alternative to Austin Ekeler, with two of their first three draft picks. That's more good news for Herbert, who saw the Chargers re-sign receiver Mike Williams and add tight end Gerald Everett in free agency. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 7

The Chargers used free agency to improve a defense that cost them a playoff spot last season. The draft found Los Angeles targeting improvements to its exciting offense. First-round pick Zion Johnson is a plug-and-play starter at guard who meshes well with the franchise's unofficial edict: Protect Justin Herbert At All Costs. After adding secondary help in the third round with Baylor safety JT Woods, the Chargers used their fourth-round selection on running back Isaiah Spiller, an intriguing complement to touchdown machine Austin Ekeler. The AFC West is as rugged as any division in football, but the Bolts will be ready for the fight.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

The Chargers have to feel good about their roster after free agency and the draft. Getting Khalil Mack was big. The only problem is they play in a brutal division. Even so, this is the year they should compete for a championship.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

Sure seems one of the league's more talented teams has filled the few holes it had at the end of last season. And the Bolts were already good enough to go toe to toe with Kansas City prior to the departure of WR Tyreek Hill.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

The offseason Chargers hype train is moving full steam ahead, thanks to the additions of edge rusher Khalil Mack and cornerback J.C. Jackson in free agency to fill two glaring needs. Combine that with quarterback Justin Herbert's rapid upward trajectory, and our voters see the Chargers as an AFC playoff favorite.

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