The Chargers made two prominent moves this off-season involving the cornerback spot. First, they put a second-round tender on Michael Davis. Secondly, they signed former Broncos All-Pro Chris Harris to a two-year deal in free agency. Even after these moves, the Chargers still need a solidified presence at CB2 opposite Casey Hayward unless the team truly believes Davis can be that player.
While the team juggles these decisions, they’re still doing their due dilligence on this year’s cornerback group and, most recently, they met with Oklahoma State’s A.J. Green according to Justin Melo of The Draft Wire.
Oklahoma State CB A.J. Green had a pre-draft meeting over FaceTime with the #Chagrers on Thursday (3/26).— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 29, 2020
Green started the last three years in Stillwater and finished with 147 tackles total tackles,5.5 tackles-for-loss, six interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, 21 pass breakups, and a pair of forced fumbles. His most-productive year came as a sophomore in 2017 when led the team with four picks. He was named a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection after the 2018 season and then ended his senior year with an honorable mention nod.
At 6’1 and 202 pounds, Green has adequate size for the position and the temperament to be a pain for opposing receivers. He isn’t the fastest (4.62 40) but he’ll try to gain any advantage he can at the line of scrimmage. He loves to hand fight off the snap, attacks the ball at the high point, and consistently plays through the receiver’s hands.
While I enjoy Green’s style of play, his lack of speed is a big turn-off and I don’t see him having a ton of success on the outside at the next level. Corners with his athletic profile often see a transition to safety in the NFL and I’ve got a feeling that’s the direction Green is headed in.