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Three Possible Options at the Free Safety Position

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Jairus Byrd #31 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after an interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 24, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Jairus Byrd #31 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after an interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 24, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 1:Lukas Denis #21 of the Boston College Eagles runs for a touchdown against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Alumni Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 1:Lukas Denis #21 of the Boston College Eagles runs for a touchdown against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Alumni Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Draft option

The motto for all Charger fans is “In Telesco we Trust”. He has always found talent that can come in and contribute right away, throughout the draft. I don’t see Tom Telesco falling from his draft excellence anytime soon, so there may already be a safety prospect he has his eyes on and his name is Lukas Denis.

Denis, from Boston College, is a complete ballhawk, the ball is in the air and he breaks on it sooner than the receiver can get to it. His read and reaction ability is probably the best in his class, and he sticks to the hip of his receivers when he is in coverage.

The only problem with him is his physicality, he is small and needs to hit the NFL weight room before he hits the field, because his tackling may not be up to par with NFL standards, arm tackles won’t do the job in the NFL.

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Denis has the looks to be a good starting safety in the league, and with the right development he might just be great, especially if he’s surrounded with a surplus of talent like the Chargers have on defense.

This option would be more of a down the line, it could work out type of pick, because due to his size, he might get bullied around in the NFL. It all depends on if he can fill out his frame and if Telesco thinks he is worth one of his picks.

With all of the options on the table, the one I would choose is the trade option for Thomas. Yes it is a risk due to the fact that Chargers are not lucky when it comes to injuries, but Thomas is a risk worth taking due to his pure talent and leadership he would bring into the locker room.

He would give a face to this defense that is desperately needed. Thomas can make the defense go from good to Super Bowl contenders like that. If one player can do that we need to get him no matter what the price is because Philip Rivers won’t last forever and they need to make his last years count.

If I was Telesco, Id offer the Seahawks a 2020 second-round pick, with a 2019 fourth-round pick and Jahleel Addae for Thomas and a 2019 fifth-round pick, as described above.

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