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The Chargers may decide to skip out on a cornerback this year with how stacked their group is after signing Chris Harris. If Javelin Guidry is available in the sixth or seventh round though, it’s worth taking a shot on him. Guidry would likely play a nickel cornerback type role. He’s a good tackler with great speed. His 4.29 40 yard dash time at the combine was the second-fastest speed overall.
One of the things Guidry can struggle with is general zone coverage schemes. Sometimes his reactions and reads of the opposing offense could be faster. Not many prospects have that level speed and ball skills though. On 56 targets last year, Guidry allowed just two touchdowns.
Above-average strength comes with his above-average speed. Guidry is the first player to do more than 20 bench press reps at the combine with sub 4.30 speed since 2003. He won’t be a player that will start from the beginning, but he can be a nice depth piece with high athletic upside for the future.
The Chargers also arrive at a crossroads next year with free-agent cornerback Desmond King. He is the team’s lead nickel corner, even if he won’t be in the slot anymore. Whether King leaves or stays will ultimately depend on how he plays in 2020, but it wouldn’t be bad to have some depth waiting on the bench if the Chargers let him walk. Guidry could thrive in Gus Bradley’s scheme with enough time and development.