Well, while it isn't quite draft season yet, it's never to early to start the process, so I had to start scratching my itch while watching a ton of college football the last two months. Seeing as the Chargers will most likely not be a playoff team, draft season will probably start sooner than expected around here. Since we still need to get a finalized draft order, we cannot be sure where we can realistically slot some prospects, but I decided to look through a few of the bigger names at positions I think could be first round targets for the Bolts. Of course, free agency and roster cuts, might change our needs, but for now let's just focus on positions and players that could make sense for the Chargers.
NATE WIGGINS: CB CLEMSON
PRO: Big corner with long arms, very fluid athlete who reads and reacts to plays quickly, good turn of foot to close, very smooth in back pedal to turn technique, plays with swagger.
CON: Is not overly physical in run support where he has a tendency to stick to blockers, looks uncomfortable in zone as he would prefer to get his hands on you in man coverage, can be overly aggressive in coverage leading to flags, can get bodied out of contested catches.
Wiggins caught my eye while watching the Clemson-Florida State game as he just kept flashing on the screen and his coverage ability was on display against a potential first round pick in 6'4 Keon Coleman. He completely shut Coleman out when he was covering him as he registered zero catches against Wiggins. It was just a fantastic effort where he was able to display his length and aggressiveness all game. I also caught him in the next game against Miami. While he did get beat for a TD, which I thought was OPI, he made a ton of tackles and forced a fumble.
While he is not a perfect prospect, I do love his size and fluidity, and I think he would fit best in an off-man coverage scheme, because of his slight frame. He could do well to add some bulk and functional strength to be able to cover bigger WR routinely at the NFL level and increase his strength at the catch point and in contested catch situations.