Prior to the upcoming season, Marc Sessler over at NFL.com puts out an annual list of his top players in the NFL under the age of 25. Well, the new one was just released, and Chargers fans should be feeling pretty elated after they landed three on the list, tying them for the most alongside the Indianapolis Colts.
The Chargers selected were defensive end Joey Bosa, safety Derwin James, and Desmond King, who was selected as the teams returner.
Bosa is the lone repeat selection among the Bolts as he has been named to the team in each of the last three years (2017-2019). James is one of the easier picks as he has played just one year in the NFL and already has a first team All-NFL honor to his name. Fresh off his own first team selection, King has established himself as one of the up-and-coming return men in the league, on top of being one of the most prolific slot corners, to boot.
Here is what Sessler had to say about the trio of Chargers:
“Danielle Hunter (24) and T.J. Watt(24) hover closely, but no way do I pass on adding Bosa to the mix. I don’t need him to pen a dense, intricately plotted Russian novel for the public. Instead, he will be used to turn opposing quarterbacks into doomed and greying mincemeat Sunday after Sunday. Durability concerns linger, but I also see a player who missed his entire rookie offseason, only to notch 10.5 takedowns in his first 12 NFL appearances. No assembly required.”
“Seen by some as a snub for Defensive Player of the Year, Derwin logged a monster 1,169 defensive snaps as a wire-to-wire rock for the Chargers. Coordinator Gus Bradley was able to reimagine his secondary largely because of the versatility James brought as a rookie. The former Florida State luminary lined up all over the field, brought tangible pass-rushing prowess and finished fourth among qualifying safeties by allowing just 7.1 yards per catch. Who can forget James trash-talking the doomed Ravens during a wild-card tilt that saw him jammed up at the line to stymie scramble-happy QB Lamar Jackson?”
“Tarik Cohen (23) deserves a mention here, but the Bears weapon only returned three kicks last season, including playoffs. One of the game’s top slot corners, King put his stamp on last year’s Chargers campaign with a flurry of special-teams magic, highlighted by his 73-yard punt return score in a comeback win over Pittsburgh in Week 13. Doubling down in his X-factor status, King also notched a 72-yard kick return in the playoff win over Baltimore.”
The Chargers continue to have one of the brightest futures of any team in the NFL. With a plethora of young players primed for a breakout season, the Bolts will continue to be must-watch football for the foreseeable future.