Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Potential late-round gems that have met with the Chargers

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 14: Binjimen Victor #9 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 14: Binjimen Victor #9 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State

The LA Chargers met with a very unique prospect in Luq Barcoo at the Shrine Bowl.

What makes Barcoo such a unique prospect? Besides his incredible name, Barcoo put up some of the NCAA’s best stats for a cornerback in 2019, yet he is considered such a fringe prospect that many question if he will be drafted.

In 2019, Barcoo served as San Diego State Aztecs’ lead cornerback, and his numbers were fantastic. He led the NCAA in interceptions with nine interceptions in thirteen games, and he had 16 pass deflections to support that performance. He was one of the key reasons why the Aztec defense allowed only 12.7 points per game.

So why exactly is Barcoo so low on the radar of NFL scouts?

The clear reason is his size and physical traits. Barcoo is undersized at 6’1″ and 175 pounds. This would cause him to be completely overwhelmed when attempting to play press coverage against an NFL-caliber receiver, and it would pose significant problems in jump-ball situations.

On film, Barcoo seems to have fluid hips and adequate closing speed. However, many claim that his traits are only good enough for the competition he faced at San Diego State and opponents at an NFL level. Unfortunately, Barcoo will not get a Pro Day to demonstrate his speed and athletic ability, and he was not invited to the Senior Bowl or Combine.

Without the ability to prove these traits, Barcoo will fall late into day three or perhaps even be undrafted. While it is possible that he could never reach the physical level needed to be an NFL corner, Barcoo could physically mature in an NFL-level training program.

With the potential to reproduce some of his college production in the NFL after a couple of years of development, the LA Chargers should consider taking a shot on developing Barcoo if he goes undrafted.

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