Nov 17, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA South Carolina Gamecocks safety D.J. Swearinger (36) lines up against the Wofford Terriers at Williams Brice Stadium. South Carolina defeated Wofford 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Draft Watch: South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger

Nov 24, 2012; Clemson, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks player D.J. Swearinger (36) prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Just a few days left and the NFL COMBINE will officially begin! Keeping up with our draft watch profiles, lets take a look at prospect that may be flying under the radar leading up to this weekend.

At present the current safeties on our roster are: Eric Weddle, Atari Bigby, Darrell Stuckey, Corey Lynch and Brandon Taylor. Bigby showed flashes at times to be a good pairing however cared more about laying a hit on someone rather then tackling them. Darrell Stuckey has made his presence felt mainly on Special Teams and is a question mark for playing time at the position. Lynch a UDFA last season has filled in nicely in spot duty and could be a nice up and coming prospect. Finally last years 3rd Round draft pick, Brandon Taylor didn’t get to see much time due to a torn ACL that ended his season.

So yet another season has passed and still the chargers are searching for a safety to pair along side of Eric Weddle. Unfortunately there are more pressing needs for this team that need to be addressed in the early rounds, so names such as Kenny Vaccaro and Matt Elam will probably be off the board. However in the middle rounds, there could be a prospect that the Chargers might look at to shore up the secondary.

D.J. Swearinger, a four-year starter at South Carolina, Is a versatile player with the capability of playing both free and strong safety. Starting every game in his college career, Swearinger can fit into any scheme. He is an extremely physical player (5’11, 201 pounds) with great tackling skills and is dependable in coverage. As a vocal leader and a downhill playmaker, Swearinger brings the kind of traits the Chargers may be missing in the defensive backfield.

As it stands right now, he looks like a mid-round pick. However, because of his versatility, a solid performance at The Combine may have Swearinger quickly rising up draft boards in Radio City this April.

By Jake Hefner


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