Antonio Garcia, OT, New York Jets
I might be a little biased on this one because when Antonio Garcia was coming out of college, I was hoping that the Chargers were going to select him with a mid-round draft pick.
I have yet to give up hope on this polarizing tackle prospect, even though his NFL career hasn’t gotten off to an idealistic start, to say the least. It was after only practicing a few days with the New England Patriots that Garcia found himself on the NFI (non-football-illness) list for blood clots in his lungs. T
hat caused Garcia to miss the entire 2017 season. Luckily he was cleared for contact in March of this year, but sadly later released by the Patriots in May.
He found himself on the New York Jets’ roster, before he was a part of their cuts. Garcia has yet to see a regular season game so his potential is still through the roof.
Garcia is one of the nastiest blockers that have come out of the draft in a long time, putting his opponents through the ground and makes them stay there and that’s yet to mention he did not allow a sack in his college career.
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He has all of the traits to become a Pro Bowl tackle for years to come, but he still needs work on his technique and hopefully he has the ability to put on some more pounds to anchor the more powerful defensive ends.
Right now, he would be a major upgrade from Sam Tevi, which is a disappointment, as the team’s swing tackle. Thinking of what he can become for years to come, is what Chargers fans should be excited for if they have the possibility to get him.
Those are some likely candidates that can make this Chargers roster even better than what is now and make an impact on this team. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and if we can get these players, I believe that the Chargers will be able to get the biggest treasure of them all… the Lombardi Trophy.