The NFL Draft kicks off in three weeks from today and the Los Angeles Chargers are doing their due diligence in their search to find the heir apparent to Philip Rivers. The team made news Wednesday when NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported they have scheduled highly touted quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen for private workouts. The visits are considered local visits for UCLA product Rosen and USC product Darnold. As a result, they do not count against the Chargers’ thirty allowed draft prospect visits.
Both quarterbacks are projected to go at the top of the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. Most projections indicate they will go in the top five, almost certainly in the top ten selections of the draft. The Los Angeles Chargers select 17th. Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco would have to sacrifice high draft picks in this draft and likely the 2019 draft as well to get high enough to select one of them. Darnold and Rosen are considered two of the top four quarterbacks in the draft alongside Wyoming product Josh Allen and Oklahoma product Baker Mayfield. All four are projected to be off the board before the top ten selections are complete.
The Chargers know the clock is ticking when it comes to finding the man who will take the team into the future once Rivers calls it a career. Now 15-years a professional, Rivers will not be around very much longer. The franchise quarterback has taken an extraordinary amount of wear-and-tear on his body and he’s going to want to spend more time with his wife and eight children. The Chargers quarterback room currently consists of Rivers, the recent addition of veteran quarterback Geno Smith and the raw talent of project Cardale Jones.
This is nothing new of the front office to bring in the top quarterbacks in the draft for a visit during the weeks leading up to the event. This is the time to recognize the window on stability at the quarterback position is about to close. Not selecting a franchise-caliber quarterback to be groomed and mentored behind one of the best quarterbacks in the game would be a great setback to a young team that is trending in the right direction. Let’s hope the team acts on that need sooner than later.
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The Greg One
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Let’s face it, the Chargers secondary is still a work in progress. Yes, Tom Telesco drafted stud cornerback Jason Verrett last year and quickly swooped up veteran Brandon Flowers after being released from divisional opponent the Kansas City Chiefs. However, that still isn’t enough.
As we are quickly approaching the NFL’s 2015 Draft, there are many players worth looking at. The Bolts’ needs are plentiful this offseason, but building the secondary cannot be overlooked. That’s when you draft and bring in a cornerback like Marcus Peters.
Projected 40-Yard Dash: 4.55
*All Pre-Combine unofficial estimates
Many of you are probably already thinking, “too much baggage”. Well, perhaps you’re right. Peters was kicked off Washington’s squad for multiple run-ins and arguments with the coaching staff. Yet, the NFL is a whole new ballpark. In order to pay the bills, men tend to clean up their acts for an opportunity they have dreamed of since they could remember.
Prior to Peters’ sideline issues, he was projected to be drafted in the first round, according to multiple sources. With great size and physicality against receivers, he would add some grit to the secondary unit.
As a cornerback in the Pac-12 conference, Peters has had some respectable matchups. He had a solid performance against Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong. Other notable games were against Stanford and UCLA. Most importantly, his pass coverage was incredible against Oregon’s crafty receiving unit.
Let’s not forget that this guy can hit. His tackling ability is impressive which all Bolts fans should know has been lackluster. His attitude is much like Verrett – confident and assertive. The rawness he possesses is something that San Diego’s coaching staff can take and groom into a very legitimate addition to the depth chart, or dare I say, possible starter.
This is the type of guy that needs some tweaking, but that’s perfect for a player with a decreased draft stock resulting from a sideline temper tantrum. He could easily be a solid pick if he slips to the second round. Depending on his combine performance and how well his interviews go, Telesco should consider another steal this year.