The Chargers may not need a cornerback as much as they used to after signing Chris Harris, but depth is never bad. Other than just having a really cool name, Javelin Guidry has talent. His 4.29 40 yard dash at the combine will get him looks from teams, even if he isn’t necessarily the most complete player.
Guidry’s speed is really the selling point in taking him as a prospect. He’s got great strength as well. He’s able to control his body very well when it comes to breaking up passes.
Where Guidry struggles is the run game. Despite his speed, he doesn’t have a lot of physicality when making tackles. He can bring guys down, but power running backs, in particular, can trample him.
At this stage in the draft though, teams should be looking for corners with more promise at the next level when it comes to their attributes, and Guidry’s speed and long arms make him a good cornerback prospect.
Could the Chargers grab Jake Fromm or Jacob Eason in the second round in the event that they draft Simmons? Possibly. However, it’s worth pointing out that neither is really a great fit in the system Anthony Lynn wants to run. Fromm is your standard pocket passer with no mobility. Eason is a little more mobile but has trouble delivering tight-window throws. If the Chargers don’t draft a quarterback in round one, I don’t think they take one in round two either.
That brings us deeper in the draft. The Chargers took Easton Stick last year in the fifth round. So far, it hasn’t been a great pick. Stick struggled mightily in the preseason last year. Even though I don’t mind keeping him on the practice squad, he shouldn’t be the backup with the turnover issues. If the Chargers want to take a late-round sleeper, Tyler Huntley may be the guy to look at.
Huntley reminds me a lot of Tyrod Taylor. He doesn’t necessarily have the greatest arm, but he’s got good mobility and keeps interceptions to a minimum. If the Chargers aren’t interested in Winston or Newton, Huntley is an interesting choice to develop. If the Chargers like what they see from him, they can move forward with him. If not, they could just draft a quarterback next year anyway.
Whatever the situation might be, Taylor needs a decent backup. If it’s between Huntley and Stick, go with Huntley. The team doesn’t seem to believe much in Stick anyway, considering he was taking snaps at safety on the practice squad last season.