The Los Angeles Chargers have wrapped their 2020 draft and while some picks have received mixed results, they arguably got one of the best steals in the draft.
With Rivers especially gone, the Chargers were expected to draft and quarterback and they didn’t waste any time. With the sixth overall pick, the Chargers selected Justin Herbert from Oregon.
The selection of Herbert was fairly talked about move, as while he does fill a need, it might have been a reach. While the Chargers might have reached on Herbert, they did get a player later on that was a steal.
In the 7th round, the Chargers were able to select wide receiver K.J. Hill out of Ohio State. While wide receiver wasn’t considered to be a pressing need, it was a need for the franchise. After Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the Chargers didn’t have much at the position last season.
Seeing Hill going in the seventh round was shocking, as ESPN had him ranked in their Top-100 on their big board. Also, Pro Football Focus had him ranked in the Top-100 for their big board.
Considering where he was selected, this is a huge steal for the Chargers, and he will instantly give them a threat as a potential No.3 receiver. With Williams and Allen on the outside, Hill should be able to thrive in the slot for the Chargers.
Due to his size, Hill might have dropped a bit further than he should have in the draft. While he might not be able to play on the outside, he was a reliable option for Ohio State in the slot throughout his college career.
Hill totaled at least 55 receptions in his last three seasons in college. While he might not be a deep threat, Hill is great at operating out of the slot. Getting a player who might be able to contribute right away in the 7th round is extremely rare in the NFL. Hill has that capability and could be one of the biggest steals in the NFL Draft.
While the Chargers might have reached on Herbert, getting a player like Hill in the final round helps make up for that.