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LA Chargers: How the “Jackboyz” secondary collapsed in 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to an interception by Nasir Adderley #24 against the New Orleans Saints during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to an interception by Nasir Adderley #24 against the New Orleans Saints during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Lack of draft capital spent on cornerbacks

The LA Chargers have spent quite a bit of their draft capital on the safety position. Derwin James was selected in the first round of the 2018 draft while Nasir Adderley was selected with a second round pick in the 2019 draft.

Where they haven’t spend draft capital is the cornerback position. The last time the Chargers drafted a cornerback out of college was in 2015 when they selected Craig Mager. King was selected in 2017, but he was converted to slot corner after being drafted as a safety.

It’s understandable as to why the Chargers have been hesitant to select a cornerback. They still have Hayward and signed Harris in free agency. Davis was an undrafted free agent find.

However, it feels like the Chargers are overdue when it comes to drafting a cornerback prospect within the first three or four rounds. Hayward and Harris are both over 30 while Davis hasn’t developed much.

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The Chargers have had chances to take corners in the past. Troy Pride was selected one pick after Joshua Kelley despite corner being a much more significant need for the Chargers than running back. Not reinforcing cornerback depth has partially led to the decline of the secondary.

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