Senior Bowl Watch: Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
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
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.