Sep 7, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Stanley Jean-Baptiste (16) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Senior Bowl Watch: Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste


Let’s continue our look at some of the players that will be participating in Saturday’s Senior Bowl. The Chargers need help at the cornerback position and a lot of people have mocked the Chargers going for a corner with their first round draft pick. There are a lot of good corners available in this draft though. The Chargers might want to use that first round draft pick on a different position and pick up a corner later in the draft.

A player that they should have their eyes on at the Senior Bowl is Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he possesses that Richard Sherman type size for a corner. He has only played the position for a couple of seasons after transitioning from the receiver position though. He is projected to be a 3rd or 4th round draft pick in the draft. He could be a nice addition if he was selected in the 4th round, but would need some grooming.

For the Chargers, he wouldn’t start immediately, but he would get the time to develop and learn under the coaching staff . He still is learning some of the tricks at the position and will only get better the more he plays there. He likely would get an opportunity to play as soon as Shareece Wright comes up with a bad hamstring for about 2 days. If the Chargers went the route of selecting a corner late, they better have plans on getting a starter in free agency.

He is looking good at Senior Bowl practices right now also. Here is a report from CBS Sports:

Linenwood CB Pierre Desir and Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste are both tall, long defensive backs who have the athleticism to turn and run with receivers downfield. They both did a nice job in press-man to get physical at the line of scrimmage and then ride the receiver through the route, although both got away with a little too much holding. Neither are elite when controlling their start/stop momentum, but neither are allergic to contact either. And with several teams who utilize press-man techniques on defense looking for the next Richard Sherman, both Desir and Jean-Baptiste are players to watch this week.

Tags: NFL Draft San Diego Chargers

  • gpack

    Mentioned him many times on here and on chargers forums. But this guy is a ball hawk. Gets quite a bit of interceptions and in my mind would be a perfect 3rd or 4th round pick.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      athletic and would be perfect for a 3rd or 4th round

  • Gunnar Martin

    After watching some of his highlights, I gotta say I’m impressed. If he’s a project, then he is going to be dang good in a few years. Dude’s got some skill.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      most definitely

  • Brett M

    Really like this kid- can lay the wood too! Hope he’s on Telescos radar- Sherman was also a reciever before he switched to cb

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Sherman was also drafted in the SIXTH round… Jim Harbaugh said some negative things about his talent level in that draft.. bet he wishes he could take it all back now… hahaha.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        right… sherman is the best corner in the game. hahaha

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I think that’s why Sherman has such a chip on his shoulder, in regards to the Niners. I know they are division rivals, but I read somewhere that Sherman looks right at Harbaugh when he makes big plays… not at the players… hahaha. I don’t really blame him for the post game rant. Actually.. I thought it was pretty funny. Nobody expected this kid out of Compton to be any good, and made him prove himself over & over again, while less talented players got the nod. Pete Carroll had other plans, apparently… tee-hee. Gotta give ole’ Petey props there… and I am not even that fond of Carroll.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            I thought it was hilarious also… I wasn’t hating at all

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            You wanna know what’s really hilarious? Marcus Gilchrist, Johnny Patrick, and Shareece Wright were all taken higher than Sherman in that draft…. IF!!!!!!!

          • Gunnar Martin

            You just made my soul bleed. WHY OH WHYYYY

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Yeah… that happened. Not-So-Fun fact.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            NOT HILARIOUS!! CRIES AND CRAPS PANTS!

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Hahaha… someone sure did crap the bed.. cough cough AJ.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I keep saying we need to sign a veteran corner in FA, and groom a later round CB for the starting position. The fact that he used to be a receiver is a great thing! He is tall, physical, and fits the mold of what I am looking for in a CB, personally. Save that first round pick for Bucannon!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      :)

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    This would be a GREAT 3rd or even better 4rth round pick. Kid is a baller.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I bet he goes in the second… just a hunch… maybe to us?

      • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

        Maybe. If Telesco likes him that much than COOL! Bring aboard and slap some BOLTS on his shoulders!

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I like how you think, Ace. I will be watching to see how far this kid’s stock rises. At the spot where we pick in the second, I’m not sure that you don’t pull the trigger, if he ends up being a high 3rd round pick, and score an OLB in the late 3rd.

          • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

            Hard to determine what direction Chargers will go but I hope it’s OLB, CB, OT. Best available in every round for first three picks.

          • Gunnar Martin

            I was thinking the same. Something along the lines of Van Noy, Kyle Fuller, Billy Turner. Of course you can mix and match who you want, but (as it stands right now) that would be ideal IMO.

          • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

            I like Van Moy too. Either way I LOVE the way Telesco evaluates the draft. He has a great track record. I am sure he will add at least 3 productive players and one absolute steal. Confident.

          • Julien Bélair

            Why everybody seems to be caught in the Van noy bandwagon. I watched his tape and he just seems to stop playing in the running and misses too many tackles and honestly on pass rush once a OL gets his hands on him he has absolutely no moves to get out of there. I really don’t want van noy cuz in bolts uniform

          • Julien Bélair

            I root for a WR in the first 3 picks. outside of Allen we have pretty much nothing. If marquise Lee fall to 25 don’t be surprise if TT pulls the trigger

          • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

            The only surprise for me would be if Telesco and company chose a unproductive player. I believe they have a set high standard of player. These guys know how to pick em.

          • Guest

            I root for a WR in the first three picks

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  • Julien Bélair

    I really like him

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