Last week, the staff and I went around and shared our thoughts on offensive undrafted free agents whom we believe had a real shot at making the final 53-man roster. Today, we went around and shared our thoughts about which defensive players we liked and believe have as good a chance as any to make the final 53, as well.
Here’s what some of the guys had to say:
Garrett Sisti: Defensive Tackle Steven Richardson is a little undersized which was a big part of him going undrafted but he has good play strength. His bull rush is already there and can get after the QB but isn’t great as a run defender. I’d like to see Richardson get over 300 pounds and then I think he has a chance to be a rotational DT.
Jamie Hoyle: I keep going back and forth between D’Juan Hines and Steven Richardson, but I think i’ll go with Hines. He’s raw due to only having started for one season, but he’s athletic, covers a lot of ground, and is a very good tackler. His reads need to improve and I think his play speed can be more consistent, but he has a chance to stick in a transitional year at LB for the Chargers. If he can prove himself capable of contributing on special teams he might sneak his way onto either the roster or the practice squad.
Matthew Stanley: This one is a bit harder. There are three guys I really want to see in game action. DT Steven Richardson is a bit small but uses his lower center of gravity well and generates a ton of leverage. He won’t be a starter but he could be a good depth guy. CB Brandon Facyson is a stud in coverage with great size for the position and I really want to see if he stands out in a pretty crowded CB group. Finally, D’Juan Hines is a tackling machine with pretty good athleticism. LB is a pretty thin group and if he can stand out on special teams in practice and the PS he has a chance to make the squad. Overall, I think Facyson is the guy that intrigues me the most.
Jamie Sewell: My guy is B.J. Clay. Not because I think he’s going to make the team, but because I’m a Georgia State Panthers fan in CFB and never dreamed that the Chargers would have a GSU player on their roster.
Michael Peterson: I really didn’t think the defensive group of UDFAs was that exciting after the draft. If anything, I thought signing an Alabama player was really the peak of the signing period. For the sake of variety, I’m going to go ahead and select cornerback “Crazy Tony” as my favorite to make the team from the group. Even with a cornerback room that has some of the best talent in the NFL, it never hurts to throw in some incredible athletic ability to see what happens. You may remember Brown as the defender in the CFB National Championship that ripped an interception out of the hands of a Georgia wide receiver, only to watch him lose on a rep that ended in a long UGA touchdown pass. His overall fundamentals need to be sharpened but the ability to make plays is there. Let’s just hope the coaching staff can work some magic with him.