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Chargers top 5 stars age 25 or younger

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball in the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball in the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns passes in the pocket as he is rushed by Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter of the game at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns passes in the pocket as he is rushed by Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter of the game at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

5. Desmond King: 23 years, 7 months

Desmond King is a player who offers a little bit of everything and that was on full display last season.

Solid in coverage, King can match up against a variety of skilled wide receivers and tight ends. If he gets the ball in his hands, he can become Deion Sanders. OK, that might be going too far, but as Dak Prescott can attest to, he can put points on the board.

He can also get after the quarterback, as evidenced by his four sacks last season. Only Rodney Harrison has ever had more in a season for a Chargers defensive back.

The fact that the Chargers were able to nab King in the fifth round is a huge bonus, as his rookie season clearly indicated he should have been picked much higher. The Chargers now have a but of an embarrassment of riches in the secondary, but King still needs to be made a big part of that.

At just 23 years old, King is just getting his feet wet at the professional level and has the ability to flourish in the Chargers’ defense for years to come. He can be a Swiss Army knife of sorts for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, a player the team can call upon in several different situations.

That’s what puts him on this list over guys like Denzel Perryman, Dan Feeney and Jatavis Brown, and that’s high praise.

And the Chargers got him in the fifth round. What were teams thinking when they passed on this guy?

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