Happy Hump Day, Bolt Family!
We’re kicking off today’s conversation with the other side of the topic we discussed yesterday. We shared where we all believe the Chargers roster to be strong heading into tomorrow’s draft and now I want to hear where you all believe the roster to be the weakest.
For me, I went back and forth between the cornerbacks and the safety group. Both are weak in their own ways. The corners have bodies but after Chris Harris Jr. and Michael Davis, it’s a bunch of former UDFAs that shouldn’t ever see the field. And then the safety room has just three bodies in Derwin James, Nasir Adderley, and Alohi Gilman.
In the end, I think I’m going with the safeties. Normally Derwin James would be enough to keep them from the bottom, but I can’t bring myself to keep him there knowing he hasn’t really played for almost two years. That’s pretty staggering. Then there’s Adderley, who struggled mightily as a first-year starter, and the team’s 2020 sixth-round pick Gilman who barely played as a rookie outside of special teams.
I mean, there’s just nothing there aside from James, who has barely been there, himself.
It’s not a position that gets talked about a ton since the fan base has always just considered James to be the entire safety position by his lonesome, but don’t be surprised to see the Chargers use a higher-than-expected pick to provide some depth there. The safeties played an important role in the Rams defense under Staley and I don’t think that will change in 2021.
Now for today’s links.
Mock draft tracker 11.0 (Chargers.com)
An overview of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft (Chargers.com)
Peter King revealed his pick for the Bolts (Chargers Wire)
What a mock looks like if the Chargers trade back to #16 with Arizona (Bolt Beat)
The NFL draft’s most-extraordinary prospect (ESPN)
Marcus Gilbert is retiring from the NFL (ESPN)
The Falcons are receiving calls about Julio Jones (NFL.com)
The Patriots are reportedly eyeing a trade up into the top 10 (NFL.com)
Top-32 prospects based on college resume (CBS Sports)
Kyle Shanahan admits he doesn’t know if Jimmy G will be alive on Sunday (Pro Football Talk)