2. Derwin James: 21 years, 11 months
This year’s first-round pick has yet to even put on a Chargers jersey yet and he’s No.2 on the list?
Some may argue Derwin James being up this high and ahead of Gordon, but that’s the kind of potential the rookie safety has.
A couple of years ago, the Chargers chose to pass on a defensive back from the same school in Jalen Ramsey. But James has many of the same attributes and could be a multi-time Pro Bowler for the team.
On the field, he’s an athletic freak who can make plays against the run and the pass. He displays great timing as a blitzer and his 15 tackles for loss in college show he can get after the ball carrier in the backfield.
He couldn’t have come to a better situation, as Bradley has the experience to turn him into a star. Some analysts have said he could be a mix between Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, which is incredibly high praise. Either way, he figures to be cause major disruption for teams that go up against the Chargers.
On top of all of that, he’s not even 22 years old yet.
When we look back on this daft four or five years from now, don’t be surprised if James is considered among the best picks made during the selection process. He has everything it takes to be an impact player on a weekly basis for years to come.