More so than any other prospect or position group, the Chargers seem to be hitting the scouting hard when it comes to finding players who can come in and contribute right away on special teams. It doesn’t matter if you were a return man or coverage player, the Bolts have been looking at anyone they believe could turn into a fixture for the team in the third phase of the game.
According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the latest player to have been linked to the Chargers is Auburn safety Jordyn Peters.
Auburn SAF Jordyn Peters, 6-0, 202. Peters had a big Pro Day with a 39.5-inch vert & 10-4 broad. Peters blocked 5 kicks/punts in college. Really good special teams player.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 12, 2021
Peters has met virtually with the #Saints, #Eagles, #Chargers, #Bears, #49ers, #Colts, #Jets & #Cardinals.
For starters, as you may have read in the above tweet, the 6’1, 200-pounder blocked an incredible five kicks while at Auburn. After posting big jumps of 39.5 in the vertical and 10’4” in the broad, it’s easy to see how he’s able to explode off the line with immense consistency. However, his unofficial time in the 40-yard dash was a 4.70, which is very poor for a player of his position and size. That time almost make him undraftable to some, but his tangible production on special teams at least shows teams that he’s able to overcome his limited top-end speed.
Peters played four seasons with the Tigers, posting career-high 42 tackles as a senior along with his first career interception and a high mark of four pass breakups. During his first two collegiate seasons, Peters was often used as a box player up near the line. As a backup, sub-package player, he posted 48 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, and a pair of sacks.
I haven’t watched any film of Peters up to this point, but would like to know what you all think of him as a player. Anyone have any thoughts? Like him? Dislike him? Let me know in the comments below.