2024 NFL Draft grades: AFC West serves up shocking results in Round 1

A quick look on how well all of the AFC West teams did in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.
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The 2024 NFL Draft is here and the first round of selections has already been made. How do teams look after adding some of the most talented prospects in NFL history? Some teams in the NFC, like the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, have done incredibly well so far. Yet, others like the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers, have made some head-scratching decisions.

The AFC West is no different, and with the first round behind them, let's take a look at how their picks match up against one another.

Las Angeles Chargers Pick #5: Joe Alt (OT)

Grade: A

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Former Notre Dame left tackle Joe Alt, was the consensus LT1 in this year's draft class. His combination of size, physicality, and athleticism was a nightmare for opposing defensive linemen. In 2023, he allowed only 1 sack on 5 total pressures and dished out more pancakes than an IHOP during rush hour. Alt is going to be a monster for new Las Angeles head coach Jim Harbaugh. He also fits into Harbaugh's coaching philosophy of running the ball as a means to set up the pass.


The only question on everyone's mind is: "What are the Chargers going to do with Pro Bowl LT Rashawn Slater?". Moving Slater from LT to RT would be an interesting decision, especially since he's seen so much success so early in his career at his current position. Joe Alt could play RT, however, the Chargers wouldn't be utilizing Alt's experience and success at his natural position either.


Even though there are some "concerns" about Joe Alt/Rashawn Slater's ability to transition to the right side, this selection was still a home run. Alt has the highest ceiling and floor of any tackle prospect in this draft. He fits Harbaugh's coaching philosophy, he was the highest-rated offensive tackle on the board when he was selected, and LAC had a need at the position.

While Joe Alt might not have been the ideal pick for some Chargers fans (see below), his scheme versatility and overall mastery of the position makes him a can't miss prospect.