The craze of free agency has slowed down considerably in preparation for the draft. Thanks to a great idea from my buddy Alec, there are still some good players to be had, and these are the ones that I was hoping the Easter Bunny would have gifted the Chargers yesterday.
Michael Floyd - WR
A sure handed, possession receiver, Floyd could be the perfect complement to the crisp routes by Keenan Allen and the blazing speed from Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin. He has had a few issues with DUIs, resulting in his suspension from the Notre Dame football team for one season, but was reinstated the following season to catch for 1147 yards on 100 receptions and 9 TDs. He was drafted by the Cardinals with the 13th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and spent most of 5 seasons with them, receiving for 3740 yards on 242 receptions, along with 23 TDs. He was released after being arrested for a DUI in December of last year. He was found guilty and spent 24 days in prison and is currently serving 96 days of house arrest.
So he’s a mess when it comes to alcohol. The Chargers would be a good place for him, as they’ve shown that no matter the drama following a player, the atmosphere is one of no tolerance, and players like Manti Te’o found their niche out of the limelight with the team. If a team were to sign him, what I could see happening is the NFL and the Chargers mandating AA into his contract, or he’s probably played his last snap in the NFL.
Jared Odrick - DE
Replace Liuget or at the very least be a very good backup/situational player. Teemed with Bosa, Ingram, Attoachu, and Mebane, this defense would be something to fear. He played poorly last season, but he’s only one season removed from a good season where he accumulated 5 1⁄2 sacks and 29 tackles, after he signed a 5 year, $42 million dollar contract with the Jaguars. Last season wasn’t great, because he missed all but 6 games last season due to an elbow injury. I could see the Chargers trying to make space for him (should they not draft a D-linemen this month) and sign him to a one year, “prove it” contract. Is it too late, Easter Bunny?
Colin Kaepernick - QB
I don’t like the guy. I think he has some great ideas, and stands for some good things, but I think he goes about things the wrong way due to his attention whore nature. He’s cocky, and would probably create problems in the locker room. That being said, if he was able to come in and act the part of a backup quarterback... sitting and learning behind someone who deserves to start, he would earn a spot on any team.
Let me ask you... who is better? A guy who is proven terrible at playing QB, or a guy who is raw and has tremendous talent but needs to sit behind an established quarterback to learn the ropes?