Corey Luiget

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Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

 

Joey Bosa was everyone’s consensus No. 1 pick before the college season ended only to have some major question marks attached to him. Some people have even dropped him out of the top 10 after Alabama won the National Title. Well, despite all of the naysayers, Bosa is still my favorite player of this draft, and one I think will take the Chargers’ defense to the next level.

Measurables:

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 269

Arm Length: 33 3/8″

Hand Size: 10 1/4″

40-Yard Dash: 4.86 seconds

Vert: 32 inches

Bench: 24 reps

Broad Jump: 120.0 inches*

3-Cone Drill: 6.89 seconds*

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.21 seconds*

*Best combine result among his position

Analysis:

Bosa is a monster. There are questions about whether or not he can play in a 3-4 defense and if he has potentially already hit his ceiling. Well, if you watch his tape you will see that he answers both those questions with his play. He is quick off the edge and has shown the ability to play 3-tech. He’s a horse and seems to always be disruptive and always around the ball. Adding Bosa as the other Defensive-End opposite Corey Luiget upgrades the pass defense and the defense as a whole.

The knock on Bosa for me is he seems to be slow off the ball and will take some plays off. Now, we don’t know if he pulled a Jadaveon Clowney and saved his body, or if he really did “take plays off”. If that is the case, with him not going 110%, he could end up being a two down DE, and at the third pick in the draft that is something Telesco is going to have to consider.

Summary:
Bosa is an instant upgrade and one teams will have to game plan for within time. If Bosa is there at number three, which he should be, Telesco may regret passing him up. He has his flaws, like every rookie, but he is to me the most ready prospect in the draft.

For more on Bosa: For full combine breakdown, click here

-Zak Darman

Chargers-new-Stadium

Call me crazy, but I think the Chargers will be “all in” this offseason. Why? For one thing, they have the cap space available. But for the most important reason, because they want a new stadium and the best way to get the citizens and the city on deck with financing is to play in the Super Bowl.

Winning is one BIG reason why these stadiums get built. Lets take a look back at a few:
Metlife stadium in New York:broke ground in 2007. Jets and Giants both lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2006. Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007

Sports Authority Field: broke ground in 1999. Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 & 1998

Lincoln Financial Field: broke ground in 2001. Lost in the 2000 divisional round. 2001 the Eagles went 11-5, won the division and lost in the NFC Championship game

Gillette Stadium: broke ground in 2000. Patriots went 8-8 in 1999, 5-11 in 2000 but won the Super Bowl in 2001

How about a stadium locally?

Petco Park: Broke ground in 2000. Won the division in 1998 and also went to the World Series.

These are just a FEW of the stadiums I have found being built after or during a winning season.

Chargers know this is possibly the last season in San Diego and Spanos wants to stay. So who’s to say they wont give it one last chance? Reported today that the Chargers are going after Ndamukong Suh, Mike Iupati, and Randall Cobb and last week Adrian Peterson said he would take a pay cut to get out of Minnesota and was added the San Diego could be a possibility. Those are four players who are an immediate upgrade over anyone we have on our roster right now and would make this team an instant contender.

Ndamukong Suh adds a HUGE boost to the defense. It would take the double teams off of Luiget and Ingram and would make the entire defense better. Randall Cobb would add that deep threat and a very nice complimentary piece to Keenan Allen on the receiving corps and would also give the defense something to worry about.  He can beat one-on-one press coverage, something our receivers couldn’t do last season. Mike Iupati gives you a bulldozer next to the King. His pass protection is suspect, but in a run heavy, quick passing offensive scheme that was used successfully in 2013, he will be a huge upgrade over Rinehart from last season. Adrian Peterson is an elite back that would make this offense unbelievably balanced and would give the Chargers a very reliable RB, something that has been missing since LT.

There’s no surprise that the Chargers are rumored to all 4 players, whether they can get all of them or not is still to be determined. But don’t be surprised to see anything such as this happen as a last effort to get a stadium here in San Diego.

Agree with me? Am I out of my mind? Let me know what you think!

Zak Darman

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