The Charger's Defensive Backfield & Possible Draft Choices

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Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive back Jahleel Addae (37) celebrates after a stop during the first half against the New York Giants at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

The Chargers have a clear need in the defensive backfield… particularly at cornerback. They also need depth at strong safety. They have been busy interviewing a number of players, that could help them in the secondary. The Chargers are definitely front runners for taking a first round cornerback. If they decide to go that route, they will probably only get a shot at Jason Verrett. But, there are rumors that they may be leaning away from drafting him. He is a second round cornerback, in my opinion, and I hope he doesn’t go to the Chargers in the first, unless there is some unpredictable trade-down scenario.

At cornerback, the Chargers currently have Shareece Wright holding down the #1 position, and Richard Marshall holding down the #2 position. I expect them to be the day one starters. Behind that, we have Marcus Gilchrist, Steve Williams, Crezdon Butler, Marcus Cromartie, Brandon Jones, and (newly added) Brandon Ghee. That’s eight CB’s already on the roster.

Not all of them will make the final cut, but they are listed on there, as of today. Wright, Marshall, and Gilchrist are the only three with any proven talent at the position, and none of them would be considered #1 cornerbacks on most teams. Brandon Ghee, and Steve Williams have potential to be good, but injury has held them back. Crezdon Butler “is what he is”.. back end depth. Cromartie and Jones have even more to prove than Ghee, and Williams.

As for safety, Eric Weddle and Jahleel Addae would be the starters. Marcus Gilchrist, Darrell Stuckey, and Brandon Taylor would be the back-ups. Having Gilchrist as strong safety depth, and also cornerback depth, is great. He didn’t do that well in his first year at strong safety, and should definitely not be the starter. But, he can fill in if an emergency arises. Stuckey is a decent back-up at free safety, and played well last season, when asked to be on the field. He is a great special teams leader, and has earned his spot on this roster. But, he is not a great option, should Weddle go down. Brandon Taylor just can’t get onto the field, and recently had another setback with his ACL surgery rehabilitation. Unless the Chargers know something we don’t, it’s probably time to cut him loose.

I won’t get into talking about the cornerbacks, and safeties, that won’t even fall to us. There is nothing I can tell you, that you probably haven’t already heard, or researched yourselves. If we draft a strong safety in the early rounds, I hope that it is Washington State’s Deone Bucannon, as he seems the best fit. The Chargers have already talked to him multiple times, and were in attendance for his pro day. As for cornerbacks, there are so many to choose from, in all rounds. If it is a first round selection, I would be happy with Kyle Fuller, or Bradley Roby. If they aren’t there, I would move along.

Tom Telesco works to the beat of his own drum, and doesn’t always see things the same way that we do. So, him picking defensive backs in any round is highly possible. Here are some players that are on the Chargers radar, and could end up hearing their names called during this year’s draft.

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  • Peter Phelps

    Great article…so much depth this year and is nice to know there are other options should we miss out on a higher round cb

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

      Thanks Peter… I completely agree. Lots of depth, and overlooked / underrated talent in the latter rounds.

  • Derek

    great coverage on our options. cb’s are hard to pick, look at logan ryan
    from last yr he was a 7th rd pick by the pats or the chiefs 6th rder.
    thurmond was a late pick too. makes me think that position is most
    dependent on the coaching and scheme fit. hope mccoy knew what he was
    doing taking the broncos db coach with him.

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

      Agreed. Let’s hope Milus can coach these guys up. One thing we can be sure of.. there will be a lot of competition at CB in camp this year.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Logan Ryan was a third round pick. I was really disappointed when we weren’t able to get him.

      • Derek

        Whoops meant that marcus cooper guy

        • Gunnar Martin

          Yeah I was thinking that’s who you meant. Hate that the Chiefs got a bargain out of him.

  • Tazzster

    Sean Parker would be a great late round pick up. Being a UW fan and grad, I have watched a lot of his games. He has a nose for the ball, is a great tackler, loves to put a hit on people and plays good coverage.

  • tubbs45

    Really great article PT. I hope we take a run some of these later round CB/SS options and get another pass rusher or OL in the first. It is a risk banking on immediate starters for corners and WR. I would love the Bolts to get either Benwikere or Parker at SS in the later rounds.

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

      Lol… nice. I like them both too. I just want to see change at this point. One of the guys we already have may decide to step up.. who knows. As long as there is competition, I’m okay with it.

  • powderBLUE801

    I’m a BIG McGill fan and it’s not cuz I live in Utah but the kid is a down right good sticky CB. He is fast and can jump up for the ball too. The only thing that concerns me is he gets injured from time to time.

    • Jacob911

      I like mcgill too for the same reasons lots of comparisons to Sherman he is even faster than him but the knock on him could be he doesn’t make tough catches very well and he has been injured and that’s coming from a utes fan would like him on the team tho if we can get him in the third

    • Gunnar Martin

      Live in UT as well. Definitely don’t want him on our team.

  • Cooper

    What problem does Verrett have other than his size? Which by the way he is the same height as Steve Williams and guy from Miami, Brent Grimes. Everything I heard about Verrett is that he would be the No. 1 CB if he was taller. Why would we not want his talent on the team?

    • Trey P

      Exactly and they have a article on espn how the colts sucked at picking dns and we have pick the most since 2002.. If not Verret we will not draft a corner round 1 im banking on that lol

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I was watching that Mike Mayock mock special yesterday where they have 6 dudes in a room and each selects a player for each team and tells why. sat there til #25 rolled round and Brian Billick took Jason Verret. I was somehow not loving that, I kinda don’t want Verret or Nix at #25 now.

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

          That was an awful show.. I watched it last night. No way the draft unfolds like those guys picked. Damashek’s picks were ridiculous.

          • Gunnar Martin

            I despise Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, and Michael Irvin. Billick, Damashek, and Mayock get a very, very small pass. I can live with Eisen, Faulk, and Mariucci, but even with them I can only listen for a few minutes without needing to take a break.

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

            Especially Irvin!!

          • Gunnar Martin

            Man I hate listening to them. It just hurts my head.

        • Trey P

          Yeah I feel you but think nix will slide like Teo I dont see any team really needing a nose tackle especially 3-4 besides pit and NE but they both need o line and Wrs much more..

    • Jacob911

      Because we got Williams in the 5th lol

  • Cooper

    I don’t know why but I just have a feeling that TT will draft Kyle Van Noy. Wether at 25 or if he can trade back into the early 2nd.

    • Trey P

      In all I think Telsco will get a Dlineman in first or second or Wr. In 3rd.. and fourth will be a guard. And since ee signed our oline back and our corners back it looks like Pass Rush is the top priority and that starts up front.. So just by signh starters from last year I know we are lookng at dline and adding one corner..

      • Cooper

        I think Van Noy Just fits what they want at OLB. He’s a moveable chess piece, he can cover, he can rush. I’ve also heard that he is a really intelligent football player. I think picking this low, if there are no corners left that they want, they go with Van Noy.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Agreed

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

            I agree too.. he’s not a first rounder though. I wish he was, I really do… he is in the most inconvenient spot EVER. But, the fact that they are showing so much interest might be a heavy indicator of a trade-down with a team looking for a QB. Or another trade up to nab him (like Te’O).

          • Gunnar Martin

            Would it really be that bad if we just took him at 25 though? I know it wouldn’t be great in terms of value, but I think it would be worth it in the long run if none of the teams behind us would be willing to swap spots. Probably won’t happen that way, but I don’t think I’d be too upset if it did.

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

            No offense Gunnar… you know I got love… but, there are too many players that I would take in the first, before Van Noy. I don’t even think it is mathematically possible for us to not land a player at 25, that would be BPA.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Alright. That works for me. You really can’t be mad at whatever happens in the draft, especially in the first round, because nobody really has any clue who’s going to turn out to be the Pro Bowler and who’s going to be the massive bust. So I’ll find a way to be happy with whatever Telesco decides to do, plain and simple.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Good stuff Peter, I like the angle with us looking to get a guy who can play Safety & Corner. We seem to love the 2 birds with one stone concept on this team, which leads me to thinking of X. Su’a Filo could be our LG and when Dunlap falls over and needs 3 games off XSF could be his short term backup at LT (also a 2 birds with 1 stone LG/LT kinda guy).

    I have a feeling that people pass on McGill and he ends up on the Seahawks and turns into a pro-bowler with that teams pass rush and gives them the tallest secondary in NFL history, I can seriously see that happening lol.

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

      II just don’t think Telesco would think that Verrett is a first round talent. Call it a hunch. It seems like such a desperate pick. Also, Brandon Jones is our tallest CB at 6’1″.. then Ghee, and Crezdon are 6’0. We could use a little height, is all I’m saying.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    The Sportscenter NFL Nation mock draft has us taking Nix at 25.

    • tubbs45

      Hope not. Hoping we trade down and maybe pick up nix later, though I think there are better options out there..

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        If we do, look at the pick Jacksonville makes. If they go with someone other than a QB they’ll want to grab one before the Texans, Browns, or Bucs take one. Telesco is good friends with their GM and it’s very possible that they trade picks. Hopefully Telesco stiff arms him and takes their 2nd and 3rd round pick.

        • SDmarm17

          Supposedly, Cleveland is looking to trade back into the 1st round for a total of 3 picks in the first round. Say the Browns don’t take their QB with their first pick and someone wants to move up to the 25th pick in front of CLE. I would rather we trade down with Cleveland. They have the third pick in the second round (35th overall) so if they really want two consecutive picks (25th and 26th) we could maybe get their 2nd, 3rd and swap 4th round picks. OR possibly Pick up a 5th rounder to move down one spot and still get a top talent(In your scenario this would be Fuller.) I think this would really be the ideal situation. Either sucker the Browns into trading up one spot with us so they don’t get screwed out of their QB or trading for their 2nd rounder and any additional picks which would still have us picking higher than trading down with Jax.

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

            What’s funny, is no matter who the Browns pick, they will trade them away in a year.. lol.

  • Rob Base

    I really like Reynolds he’s a play maker. Another dude I like is Chris Davis auburn he can used as KR and ST. Good article bro!

    • Gunnar Martin

      I love Davis! I have no idea why he has dropped so far. I think his coverage skills are underrated, and he could serve as a reliable return man while he develops as a corner. Tons of value in the late rounds.

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

      Thanks Rob! Almost there… the answer to our first draft pick approaches.

  • gpack17

    Sorry but definitely dont like mcgill..watch actual game tape on him and not highlights and he reminds me of another antonio cromartie…long and athletic and may make plays from time to time but always give up plays underneath him..

    i really like dontae johnson from nc state..but i think he will probably fall in rounds 4 or 5…
    Dont see us taking anotherrr nickel guy who could play corner or safety since we already have gilchrist who does that and we have williams who could play the slot..i would love to see us get a ss like craig loston, deone bucannon, or even ahmad dixon but obviously that is if we plan on letting loose of taylor and corner is a bigger need as of right now.

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

      Bucannon would be awesome! I think we have too many short slot receivers too. Still, they are out there talking to them. Can’t ignore that.I mean, who is Eric Weddle’s back-up, should something tragic happen? I like Stuckey, but I would be grinding my teeth the whole time… lol.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I agree with your points on McGill. He’s overrated.

  • Jacob911

    A perfect first 2 rounds would be fuller and van noy/attaochu

    • ioane

      This I can agree with. I even like the idea of Lee and KVN/M. SMITH/ATTAOCHU

  • ioane

    How do you not Mention Aaron Colvin? This is a guy who was at one point rated as a 1st round talent, but will now to the 4th due to injury. I would be all over this guy if he fell to the 4th.

    Victor Hampton is also another guy who should be around in the 4th round too.

    Stanley Jean-Babtiste, 2nd or 3rd round guy. Lots of talent in the secondary this year.

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

      I didn’t bring up Baptiste, as he has already been covered in depth on our site, and i already had nine other guys to talk about (takes a long time do do all of this research, and write an article), but the Chargers most definitely have talked to him..I get the feeling that with all the focus on tall CB’s he will be gone by the time we pick in the second, but I would be cool with him. Did the Chargers talk to Aaron Colvin, or show interest? I was just reporting on DB’s that the Chargers have actually approached. I was down for about 3 weeks, so I missed some stuff.

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

      The only thing that makes me doubtful about Baptiste in the second, is that the Lions, and the Saints were both scoping him at his pro-day. and pick before us. Not to mention, the Niners also talked to him at the Senior Bowl (like us), and pick one spot ahead of us, because the Queefs traded away their pick to them. If all three take corners in the first round, then we might be gold. But, the Niners could take him anyway, as they also pick five spots later, and have the picks to throw around. Unless they trade them away.. which is TBD.

  • Nick Mansoor

    damn I wish I had arms like Jahleel Addae lmao

  • gochargersgo

    I think people are overvaluing Gilbert and Roby because they are the physical corners that have potentials (copycat league after seahawks superbowl), and undervaluing Varrett because of his “weakness” in his height. I will pick Verrett over those two without question. yes he is 5’9, but he out jumped the other “top” corners in vertical jumps, with same arm length as dennard, and have consistently performed in game situations. He is also a solid tackler, and we all know we need more of those in our defense. Verrett is my pick at no.25 if i was TT. unless Barr drops which i doubt.

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

      Gilbert does take INT’s to the house like a madman, though.. and can return kicks too.

  • rlp55

    Just curious, any update on Brandon Taylor. Is he participating in the voluntary workouts? With him and Steve Williams basically having redshirt years, if both healthy, I’d rather the Chargers not go DB in the 1st round.

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

      There was a point when I was really hopeful for Taylor’s return, but it is fading fast. Even if he starts, he will basically be a rookie, with no game day experience, coming back from a serious injury. I hope to God that I am wrong, but it’s not looking good. Having said that.. he is still on the roster today.