Chargers sign 20 undrafted free agents; a look at each
By Travis Wakeman
After adding eight new players to the roster through the NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers have also added 20 undrafted free agents, as seen on this list provided by Eric D. Williams of ESPN. Here, we’ll give a little insight into these players, including their career college statistics.
Carlos Wray, DE, Duke: 119 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
Trevor Williams, CB, Penn State: 84 tackles, 5 interceptions, 16 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble
Dominique Williams, WR, Washington State: 192 receptions, 2,889 yards, 30 TDs
Chris Swain, FB, Navy: 2,290 yards rushing, 19 TDs
Larry Scott, CB, Oregon State: 72 tackles, 1 interception, 15 passes defensed
Jay Rome, TE, Georgia: 38 receptions, 398 yards, 3 TDs
Deandre Reaves, WR, Marshall: 64 receptions, 773 yards, 4 TDs
Zeth Ramsay, OT, Colorado Mesa: Small-school prospect, started 11 games at right tackle last season.
Shaq Petteway, LB, West Virginia: 151 tackles, 8 sacks
Spencer Pulley, C, Vanderbilt: Played in 50 career games
Tyler Marcordes, LB, Georgia Tech: 102 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 2 interceptions
Adrian McDonald, S, Houston: 299 tackles, 17 interceptions
Mike McQueen, G, Ohio: 6’7″ lineman who can play guard or tackle
Chris Landrum, LB, Jacksonville St.: 64 tackles, 8.5 sacks in 2o15.
Jamaal Jones, WR, Montana: Montana’s all-time leading receiver with 3,021 career receiving yards.
Sebastian Johansson, G, Marshall: Born in Sweden, can play tackle or guard.
Chargers UDFA Tyler Johnstone had a 92.8% run block success rate, tied for the 10th-best rate among OTs in the NFL draft
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2016
Tyler Johnston, OT, Oregon: Was a draftable player who started 39 career games at left tackle for the Ducks.
Kenneth Farrow, RB, Houston: 2,980 yards rushing, 34 TDs, 74 receptions, 546 yards, 3 TDs.
Terrell Chestnut, CB, West Virginia: 83 tackles, 4 interceptions.
Mike Bercovici, QB, Arizona State: 5,332 yards passing, 42 TDs.
Most of these guys are just going to be camp bodies, but a few of them present some intrigue.
The first name that jumps out is Dominique Williams, who put up massive numbers for the Cougars. He finished his career ranked third in school history in receptions and second in receiving yardage and second in touchdown catches.
On top of that, there could be an opportunity at wide receiver. Dontrelle Inman will be no lock to make the team after a couple of disappointing seasons, and Williams could easily leap frog him on the depth chart with a strong training camp.
Deandre Reaves’ numbers at wide receiver don’t jump off the page, but he was an excellent return man in college. For his career, he averaged 27.7 yards per return and took three kickoffs back for scores. He can make plays with the ball in his hands, and returning kicks was not a strength for the Chargers last season.
Quarterback Mike Bercovici could turn some heads in camp as well, particularly because the Chargers don’t have much depth at quarterback behind Philip Rivers. Sure, the team has veteran Kellen Clemens, but Bercovici is in a perfect position. He finished his college career with a 137.9 quarterback rating and he had a total of 36 touchdowns (30 passing, 6 rushing) in 2015. He will be an interesting player to watch as we head toward the 2016 season.
Finally, safety Adrian McDonald is impossible to overlook. Houston’s career leader in interceptions was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015, handed out to the nation’s top defensive back. He is a tackling machine with ball skills who could earn a spot on the team’s practice squad. Don’t overlook this guy.