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Who can replace Brandon Flowers?

Dec 11, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward (26) breaks up a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward (26) breaks up a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Along with D.J. Fluker, King Dunlap and Stevie Johnson, Brandon Flowers was one of four Chargers cut at the kickoff of the free-agency period. With Flowers gone, that leaves the Chargers with Pro Bowlers Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward as the starting corners, but who will be the Chargers’ third corner is still unclear. Here are some ideas.

Current Players:

While the Chargers are not extremely deep at the cornerback position, there are some players that could serve as potential replacements for Flowers. Such players include Trovon Reed, Craig Mager, Steve Williams and Trevor Williams.

While all of these players are still fairly young, they will need to prove themselves in camp in order to gain a starting position on the team. If none of them step up, they will likely look elsewhere to fill the remaining spot.

Free Agency:

Even though the big free-agency period has for the most part passed, there are still some good corners available on the market. When it comes to decent corners, Alterraun Verner, Sam Shields, Leon Hall and Ladarius Webb (who played safety recently) come to mind, but there is one name that specifically comes to mind when I think of free-agent corners–and that is Darrelle Revis.

Revis struggled last season with not only injury but performing, perhaps due to his age. Even though Revis is only 31 years old (the same age as Flowers), he could bring an entirely new dimension to the Chargers. Not only could he potentially serve as a third corner, but the veteran could be a great mentor to the young corners on the Chargers. While he likely will carry a pretty large price tag, Tom Telesco has some decent reasons to sign the veteran corner.

The Draft:

The 2017 NFL Draft features a plethora of good options at the cornerback position, and while it is unlikely that the Chargers use their first-round pick on one, there are some good options later in the draft. Players such as Jalen Tabor from Florida, Adoree’ Jackson from USC and Tre’Davious White from LSU come to mind as potentially second-round picks that the Chargers could take a look at.

Although any of those players could strongly benefit the Chargers, the Chargers might choose to address a more dire position such as OT or safety in the first and second rounds. Later draft picks could include Jourdan Lewis from Michigan or Desmond King from Iowa, both of which have proven to be great assets at the collegiate level and could be the same in the NFL.

Let us know in the comments which corner you think the Chargers should target to fill Flowers’ role, if any, and why.

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