In my other articles, I have shown you prospects that have made a huge name for themselves during their college career. Some of them were forgotten about by their peers. The prospect I will discuss in this article is a complete sleeper that I have a feeling will be brought to your attention for the first time. I give you South Carolina WR/Return Specialist, Ace Sanders.
40 Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
Bench Press (225 lbs): 7 Reps
At 5’7″ and just over 170 pounds, one may wonder what service can Sanders bring to the league. Sanders has the ability to be a poor man’s Tavon Austin. His freshman year he was fourth on the team in catches while scoring twice. His second season he finished second on the team in creceptions and emerged as a punt returner, adding a score. In his junior season, he set a school record for 429 punt return yards on 28 attempts. He also caught the ball for 531 yards and 9 touchdowns.
A guy that size thriving in the SEC means, at the least, he should get a chance to show what he can do in the pros. No doubt he is a play maker with shiftiness and great quickness. But his size may stop a team from taking a chance. As nothing more than a slot receiver, I say we take a chance in the 6th or 7th round and take low risk, high reward type of player.
Here’s a look at the South Carolina product.
After spending countless hours trying to put together a strong mock draft, I changed it roughly 457 times. At least that many.
I’m going to get right to it. This is the second mock draft I have done for the 2013 NFL draft. Although I was unable to talk myself out of one player, the rest of the selections are new to this mock. Also new to this mock, I do not have the Chargers trading down in the first round despite my firm belief that is the best option for the team. But what do I know?
Quite frankly, I will probably change it at least one more time prior to Greg and I traveling to New York City to watch the draft live at Radio City Music Hall.
Without further ado, the second version of my 7 round mock draft for your San Diego Chargers.
1st Round: Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas – Vaccaro is an elite athlete. His versatility alone provides him with one of the most unique skillsets in the entire draft. To have a strong safety that can drop down and cover the slot is an asset to any defensive coordinator. There are so many things about Vaccaro that you can not coach. Pairing him with Eric Weddle provides for a dream safety tandem in San Diego.
2nd Round: Terron Armstead OT Arkansas-Pine Bluff – The ultra athletic Armstead could end up being a perfect fit for the Chargers in their combo ZBS/power running game. He is, of course, a bit raw due to his playing for such a small school. There is quite the buzz building around him as we inch closer to the draft. He definitely has some things to work on in order to make an impact at the next level. Perhaps playing for new offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris could help speed up that process. ( Thanks Shane )
3rd Round: Jon Bostic ILB Florida – After posting a 4.6 forty yard dash time at his pro day, Bostic is the only repeat player from my last mock. Bostic is a very physical player that is aggressive to take on blocks while shedding them quickly. He would be a perfect pairing next to Donald Butler. Shows above average ball skills for an inside linebacker.
4th Round: Kenjon Barner RB Oregon – I’ve tried to keep him out of my mock draft. I can’t any longer. Yes, he would be the second Duck in this mock draft. Barner had a good college career, especially after stepping out of the shadow of LaMichael James in Eugene. It would seem that this could be Mathews last season as a Charger. Ronnie Brown is certainly not the answer. Barner would be a solid addition to the Bolts’ backfield.
5th Round: Brandon McGee CB Miami – McGee is not a great tackler by any means. But he has good fluidity in his hips to turn and run with receivers. He has good footwork and tends to highpoint the ball very well. Despite his lack of interceptions, McGee could become successful at the next level as a nickel or dime defensive back.
6th Round: Ace Sanders WR/KR South Carolina – Sanders is not much of a wide receiver. But his ability to take a punt to the house is undeniable. He has excellent feet and is good and changing gears. His lateral agility is great. He reminds me of Trindon Holiday in the return game. Selecting Sanders makes Eddie Royal expendable. The release of Royal would save $1.5 million in cap space.
7th Round: TJ Barnes DT/NT Georgia Tech – Barnes has always been a backup nose even in college. That is exactly what the Chargers will bring him in to do in San Diego. He is a gigantic man at 6’6″ 369. A space eater like him could allow for multiple one on ones along the front seven. He looks a bit sluggish at times when you watch him in games. He would provide much needed depth behind Cam Thomas.
Well, there you have it. Feel free to rip it to shreds in the comments section. I like this mock just a little bit better than my last one.
As I mentioned above, I will be releasing one more prior to the draft beginning on April 25th. Don’t forget to tune into BoltBLitz.com on draft weekend. We’ll be doing everything we can to provide you with the same experience that we’re having while attending the draft live.
Thanks a lot for reading.