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Chargers Daily Links: Prospect names to watch on NCAA conference championship weekend

Now that the Chargers are all but eliminated from playoff contention we can start to look towards the 2024 Draft starting with some big names taking center stage on NCAA conference championship weekend.

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NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Bolts From the Blue.

As we enter into December one thing is clear; this team is due for a rebuild. The Chargers are going to miss the 2023 playoffs in all probability and, whilst it isn’t written in stone just yet, it is time to think further ahead to 2024 and beyond. So to aid with this process of finding future Chargers, which I am sure many of you will have started weeks ago, I have written a list of prospects representing the college teams that will be playing this weekend in the NCAA conference championship games.

These prospects are a mix of seniors and juniors that are likely to be declaring for the draft come spring next year. I have categorized them by games and then by teams to help you when watching the games.

SEC Championship

Georgia

Sedrick Van Pran #63 OL, Amarius Mims #65 OL, Ladd McConkey #84 WR, Brock Bowers #19 TE, Carson Beck #15 QB, Kamari Lassiter #3 DB

Alabama

Kool-Aid McKinstry #1 DB, Dallas Turner #15 LB, JC Latham #65 OL, Terrion Arnold #3 DB, Chris Braswell #41 LB

PAC-12 Championship

Washington

Michael Penix Jr. #9 QB, Rome Odunze #1 WR, Jalen McMillan #11 WR, Troy Fautanu #55 OL, Ja’Lynn Polk #2 WR, Bralen Trice #8 DE

Oregon

Bo Nix #10 QB, Jackson Powers-Johnson #58 OL, Troy Franklin #11 WR, Brandon Dorlus #3 DE, Bucky Irving #0 RB

Big-10 Championship

Michigan

Zak Zinter #65 OL (injured), Roman Wilson #1 WR Blake Corum #2 RB, J.J. McCarthy #9 QB, Donovan Edwards #7 RB, Kris Jenkins #94 DL, Rod Moore #9 DB

Iowa

Cooper DeJean #3 DB, Luke Lachey #85 TE

ACC Championship

Florida State

Jordan Travis #13 QB (Injured), Johnny Wilson #14 WR, Keon Coleman #4 WR, Trey Benson #3 RB, Jaheim Bell #6 TE, Jared Verse #5 DL

Louisville

Jamari Thrash #1 WR

Please let me know in the comments if you feel like I have missed any players, we are only at the start of the long road to April and there is plenty of time for me to watch some more tape!

And now, for today’s daily links:

Chargers News:

Austin Ekeler keeps proving the Chargers right for not extending him (Bolt Beat)

Could the collateral damage of this losing season include Keenan Allen’s first potential All-Pro year? (LA Times)

Khalil Mack becomes only the third player to have recorded 12 sacks with three different teams (LAFB)

When the Chargers’ defense improves, the offense commits 4 turnovers and the losing streak grows (Yahoo Sport)

NFL News:

Carolina Panthers’ owner David Tepper fires Frank Reich after only 11 games (ESPN)

Myles Garrett avoids any structural damage to his shoulder and could even play this coming week (ESPN)

The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul to their practice squad (NFL.com)

Marcus Peters and Rodric Teamer are ousted by Las Vegas Raiders’ interim head coach Antonio Pierce (NFL.com)

Kevin O’Connell doesn’t rule out benching Josh Dobbs after he threw four interceptions in the loss to Chicago Bears (CBS NFL)

Fox analyst and former NFL tight end Greg Olsen is a surprising name to watch for the new Carolina Panthers coaching vacancy per report (CBS NFL)