2020 NFL Draft grades: Chargers get a 'B' after trading up to take Kenneth Murray at No. 23 overall

The Chargers selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray with the No. 23 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The CBS Sports NFL Draft team breaks down the pick below, including a grade for the pick, how it affects fantasy leagues and more on Murray, including his strengths and weaknesses, his NFL comp and more.

23. Los Angeles Chargers: B

Pete Prisco: They gave up a bunch to go get him, but he's a big-time playmaker.

Fantasy impact

Dave Richard: The Chargers have had problems at middle linebacker for so long. Kenneth Murray's selection makes a ton of sense. He's a no-nonsense run-stuffer who makes an already good defense even better. I would say this helps solidify the Chargers DST as a top-10 option. Murray also is the top rookie IDP so far in Round 1 -- I'd look his way with a mid-round pick in typical IDP league redrafts and with a Round 2 choice in rookie-only formats.

NFL Draft profile

NFL comp: Rashaan Evans
Best trait:
 Playmaker

CollegeHeightWeightHand sizeArm lengthWingspan
Oklahoma 6-2 4/8 2419 4/8 32 6/8 80

 Strengths  

  • Sideline-to-sideline speed and a tackling machine
  • One of the best athletes on the field
  • Explosive to the ball

Weaknesses 

  • Not much experience as pass defender
  • Sometimes out of control
40-yard dashBench pressVertical jumpBroad jump3-cone drill20-yard shuttle
4.52 2138 129n/a n/a
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