Chargers undrafted rookie spotlight: Brandon Stewart
By Travis Wakeman
It’s been well documented here in our undrafted rookie spotlight series that defensive back is one that the Los Angeles Chargers have loaded up on this offseason.
Brandon Stewart is the fourth undrafted rookie we will spotlight in this series, a list that also includes Ryan Reid, Michael Davis and Brad Watson.
Name: Brandon Stewart
Weight: 171 pounds
Needless to say, it’s going to be a crowded group. Of the aforementioned names, the performance each player puts forth in training camp and preseason games will be the difference between having a shot at a spot on the practice squad or looking for a new line of work, if they can’t catch on somewhere else.
So what can Stewart do to set himself apart from the crowd?
He was just a two-year starter for the Jayhawks, playing in 21 games after transferring from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He had three interceptions in 2016, returning one for a touchdown.
Stewart did not receive an invite to the scouting combine, but NFL Draft Scout notes that he turned in a 4.60 40-yard dash at his pro day back in March. He also had a 33.5-inch verticaljump on that day.
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Nothing jumps out on film that you would immediately determine makes Stewart better than any of the other undrafted cornerbacks on the roster. But what about his connection to Kansas University?
There are currently two cornerbacks in the NFL, regarded as two of the best, that played at Kansas. They both happen to play for the same team, the Denver Broncos.
Most fans and analysts recognize Aqib Talib as one of the NFL’s top corners. But don’t forget about Chris Harris, who also came from Kansas. Like Stewart, he also went undrafted and is now regarded as one of the top cover corners in all of football. Does that mean that Stewart will be able to follow in his footsteps? No, but it’s not going to hurt his chances.
Brandon stewert and Fish better get a nice look from NFL
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) October 8, 2016
I am interested to see this derby of defensive backs. There are several on the team that we know are going to make the 53-man roster such as Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett, but there are positions to be had in this secondary.
With each one of these undrafted profiles I have done, I have stated that I feel one of these undrafted cornerbacks is going to make the team. Whether that be Davis, Reid, Watson or Stewart remains to be seen, but it will be one of the more interesting, under-the-radar-position battles to watch this summer.