LA Chargers: Day three cornerbacks to watch in the 2020 NFL Draft
By Devon Auriemma
Troy Pride, Notre Dame
Troy Pride would be a great fit for the Chargers in the offensive heavy AFC West. The 5’11 senior from Notre Dame is one of the top remaining cornerbacks left in the draft and will likely be an outside cornerback in the NFL, which is exactly what the Chargers are looking for.
Pride brings a great combination of athleticism, intelligence and toughness. Pride is a very competitive athlete who plays aggressively. Pride has shown good ball skills and great body control. He has quick feet, which helps him in press-man coverage and has some success mirroring his opponent. Pride also has experience playing in many different coverages at Notre Dame and has the tools to succeed in man and zone.
He can be lost at times when facing some of the better route runners but can stick to the hip of the receiver if he doesn’t lose balance or lose his man due to cuts and double moves. Pride came up short to expectations this season, coming away with only six pass breakups and one interception.
He was expected to be a top selection in this year’s draft prior to the season, but his inconsistent play has him falling to at least the fourth round. Even though he didn’t live up to expectations this season, Pride would be an incredible addition to the Chargers.
If he can return to his 2018 form, he could be considered the steal of the draft. With Pride and Bryce Hall available in the fourth round, the LAChargers should definitely consider taking one of these two.