LA Chargers: “Steal a player” series — AFC East edition
By Jason Reed
From the New York Jets, the LA Chargers steal…
As much as I wanted to go somewhere other than the secondary with this selection I just couldn’t. The intrigue of adding Jamal Adams to this dream secondary is just too much to pass up on. It would be so much fun to watch.
Adams already is probably heading to another team, although the Chargers were not on his list of teams that he would welcome a trade to, which included the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers do not really even need Adams, as they are already set at safety with Rayshawn Jenkins and Nasir Adderley, but I could not turn this down.
Just image a safety duo of Derwin James and Jamal Adams that was playing behind a cornerback group of Hayward, Gilmore and Harris. The Chargers would literally be impossible to pass against and this would also help bolster the run defense as well.
Having so much secondary depth would allow the Chargers to play James at linebacker more often, thus helping in the rushing efforts. Lining James up at linebacker with either Jenkins or Adderley alongside Adams at safety is still an elite outlook.
There were two other players that received some consideration. Mehki Becton is an exciting early first-round tackle prospect that could slot in as the team’s starting left tackle but I could not pick an unproven rookie over an All-Pro safety.
C.J. Mosley was the other name considered and I might have just picked him if he had another elite season last year to build off of an exceptional career. However, he was injured and I have no idea how he will come back from that.
So there you have it. If we could steal one player from each AFC East team then the LA Chargers would have Tua throwing to Stefon Diggs, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams while the secondary would compete to be the greatest in NFL history. Not too shabby.