Rodney Randle, Defensive back
Intangibles that can’t be coached or taught are what helps a regular athlete from a superior one and in the game of football, elite speed is at the top of that list.
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Randle, an undrafted rookie from Lamar, has that kind of speed after running a reported 4.28 40-yard dash at his pro day before the draft. That is so fast that had he posted that time at the scouting combine, it would be better than all but seven guys who have ever run the 40-yard dash at the pre-draft event.
Now, Randle is a project player having come out of Lamar, but the Chargers should be exploring ways to get him on the field and potentially with the ball in his hands. Putting him back to field kicks and punts this summer won’t hurt anything and is something the team should absolutely be considering.
As a defensive back, Randle will have a tough time making the squad. But as a return specialist, he could excel and that is a weapon that helps set a team apart. Of course, there are only 53 roster spots and that must be considered as well.
But he’s fast. He’s really fast. That’s hard to dismiss.