Jun 18, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Ghee (41) at minicamp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

What will Brandon Ghee bring to the roster?


What will Brandon Ghee bring to the roster? Some of you are thinking, “Who the hell is Brandon Ghee?”

Brandon Ghee is one of the young free agents we brought onto the roster who has large potential. He was one of the first players we brought in during the offseason. He was one of the only pieces we added to the secondary in the offseason. Then we brought in Jason Verrett in the draft and added Brandon Flowers after he was release. The team is hoping that some of this potential in the secondary will pan out.

Ghee was taken in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and showed potential while on their roster. He just never got the opportunity to play because of injury problems and because he was stuck behind a talented group of players. In San Diego, he will get his opportunity. The secondary is a bit crowded, but in a division that has Peyton Manning, we can never have enough guys that can lock down defend.

The Chargers are leaning on his potential. They were hoping that he can stay healthy and give the team some good reps. He isn’t someone that will be relied upon to contribute a ton during the year, but he will get his opportunities. The limited reps during the season could keep him fresh and keep him away from that injury bug.

I look forward to seeing what Ghee can do on the field. I don’t have many expectations for the young corner, but anything he is able provide to the roster will be nice to see.

I expect him to be battling for one of the last secondary spots on the roster at the end of training camp. He has a huge hill to climb. Jason Verrett, Shareece Wright and Brandon Flowers already look like they have roster spots locked up/ Steve Williams is not far from locking in a spot. Richard Marshall was the starter at the end of the year and will be looking to hold onto a roster spot. Ghee will have to impress some people.

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  • Nick Mansoor

    From what it sounds like, he looks pretty studly. Sounds promising.

  • Cgoodness13

    He should be a upgrade over Marshal, should most def get playing time

  • RoyalChargers

    I’ll take ghee over marshall.

  • geapetto, florentini

    The only person he can replace or take a roster spot from is Marshall. If he beats out RM then fans should be excited!

  • Joel Ayala

    For some reason i think this kid is gonna Ball hard and snatch a spot. And see plenty of time on the field. Hopefully he stays healthy. Plus if im not mistaken he’s our tallest CB at 6 ft..could be wrong tho.

  • powderBLUE801

    Ghee is a hard hitting CB more like a safety and that’s all I really know about him. Not to much tape in the NFL to watch and see if he can play a fast pace man to man or our zone off man. Guess we will find out hu?

  • navw21

    I think he gets some snaps on defense but will mostly be used on special teams. I think we keep 6-7 corners on the final 53. Flowers, Wright, Verrett, Marshall, Ghee, Williams and maybe Chris Davis.

    • John Bauer

      Sounds about right but Chris Davis 40 time does not convert well to the NFL at the combine I think it was 4.60 which would leave him behind most WR’s in the NFL.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Injuries! He can bring injuries! Thankfully they aren’t contagious

  • Nick in PB

    I wanted to see what they were saying about him coming out of college. This is what I found:

    Ghee has watched his draft stock fall of late, but his performance in practice at the Senior Bowl helped to restore confidence in the eyes of the pro scouts that this young man can play football.

    He isn’t the most athletically-gifted corner to enter this year’s draft, but the upside of the former Demon Deacon is what will make him attractive to prospective ball clubs. He will likely be a better NFL player than he was at the collegiate level.

    Faster than quick, Ghee has trouble in certain man coverage scenarios. He has excellent straight-line speed to keep up with receivers on the sidelines but struggles at times to keep up with routes that turn in or out sharply.

    Ghee’s long limbs are a blessing and a hindrance. His long legs don’t allow him to properly mirror the smaller, quicker wideouts but his long arms allow him to stay off the ball in zone coverage and reach in at the last minute to cut off the ball.

    In zone coverage, Ghee has the awareness to keep a close eye on the underneath routes and keep a blind eye on the cushion behind him. His backpedal is quick, but his size keeps him too high and no amount of hip movement will make up for the speed of NFL receivers.

    He has a tendency to go for the big hit rather than make the play midair. His willingness to put a shoulder into the runner makes him a more attractive safety than a cover corner at the next level, but his awareness and high football IQ keeps his versatility intact.

    As a tackler, Ghee looks the part of the hard-hitting NFL safety, cutting through weak receiver blocks and contributing to keeping the opposing backfield in check. His hands are a little suspect at times, but his natural athleticism allows him to break up the play when he needs to.

    Ghee provides run support better than any other corner in this year’s class. He is aggressive at the line and unafraid to take a rough block. He knows how to use his hands in open field and does well to jar unprotected balls loose.

    It’s Ghee’s confidence that will set him apart from the rest of the corners in his class. Despite never having been named to an all-conference team in three years as a starter, the cornerback believes he has the ability to be competitive in the NFL.

    After fellow Wake Forest defender Alphonso Smith left for the NFL, Ghee was allowed to truly showcase his abilities and amassed decent numbers in a run-heavy conference.

    There is concern over a nagging ankle injury that kept Ghee off the field for a while in ’09, but his level of comfort in man and zone coverage as well as his versatility in the backfield will make him an attractive prospect come April.

  • Nick in PB

    Here’s another:

    Strengths:

    Great height/length and build
    Explosive speed
    Good athlete with nice change of direction
    Great red zone defender – protects end zone
    Solid timing on jump balls
    Very good in run support
    Not afraid to take on a block
    Physical and will deliver big hits
    Outstanding at anticipating routes; instinctive
    Quick hips
    Can turn and run with fast receivers
    Comfortable in man or zone
    Highly confident
    Very intriguing upside

    Weaknesses:

    A little raw mechanically with footwork
    Doesn’t always appropriately turn head back to ball
    Struggles to disengage
    Should be more of a playmaker
    Sometimes lacks focus; inconsistent
    Will get too high out of backpedal

    Summary: Ghee has some fixable attributes to his game, but he is a high upside player, and will likely be a better pro than college player. If he is impressive at the Senior Bowl and in workouts, it wouldn’t shock me if he is a first-round draft pick. Ghee has some intriguing physical tools to work with and can match up against the bigger receivers in the league. I love athletic, confident corners, but there is no doubt Ghee needs to be more polished at the next level.

    Player Comparison: Jonathan Joseph. Joseph, like Ghee, has the same size and athleticism coming out of college, but he was also a little raw. Now, he is one of the better corners in the AFC.

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

    Hopefully he can back up outside. We have been ravaged by injuries. He is a Shareece Wright clone… and we have seen what TT does with AJ picks… He has to outplay Shareece “I hope the team moves to L.A.” Wright. Stupit.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Wright said that? You’re right. Stupid