It’s not surprising to see the Chargers sending representation to the local pro days to find some homegrown talent, much like last year when they snagged LB Uchenna Nwosu from USC and C/G Scott Quessenberry from UCLA.
Today it looks like the team is back at USC with a little help from Nwosu, likely doing what he can to help court some of the Trojan players.
The Trojans don’t have a ton of high-profile draft prospects this year but there are some interesting mid-round picks that could potentially turn into some future starters.
Middle linebacker Cameron Smith showed some explosiveness at the combine by posting a 39-inch vertical on top of a 4.69 forty. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 238 pounds, Smith does more than enough to fit the mold of the modern linebacker. In 2018, he only played in nine games due to injury, but he still collected 81 tackles with 7.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack.
In my recent 7-round mock, I took offensive tackle Chuma Edoga in the fourth round. The guy is athletic and ran a 5.19 forty after weighing in at 308 pounds in Indy (he played closer to 295 during the season). He would excel in a power run scheme like the Chargers’ with his ability to get out in space and erase defenders outside the hashes.
Other Trojan players worth a possible late-day flier would be outside linebacker/edge rusher Porter Gustin (6-4 255), safety Marvell Tell (6-2 195), and cornerback Iman Marshall (6-0 205).