Breaking down Chargers top first-round prospects following Vegas win
By Simon Brady
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Linebacker is not the ideal selection from a value standpoint for a team picking anywhere from 4-10 in the first round, no.
However, Parson’s versatility and playmaking may be worth it. He’s taken an incredible path, seeing full-time snaps at middle linebacker as a true freshman in Happy Valley after playing defensive end in high school.
Parsons has since also moved outside, possessing great pass coverage ability while being an absolute disruptor in the backfield as well with an excellent tackle radius and athleticism at 6’3, 245 lbs.
With Melvin Ingram, Denzel Perryman, and Nick Vigil all pending unrestricted free agents, and seeing this Chargers defense get lit up once again by Marcus Mariota, spontaneously out of the NFL abyss to torch the Bolts on the zone read and through the air, Parsons may be the perfect piece in an effort to bottle that up.
Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
31-year-old cornerback Casey Hayward has simply lost a step and stepped back. It feels like ten years ago that we saw Hayward and a rookie Derwin James lead a scary secondary unit to the playoffs in 2018. Now, the perfect answer to patching up a leaky backend may be this Nick Saban product.
An especially important, highlighted need with the great Patrick Mahomes in the division. Surtain stands at a strong 6’1, 203 lbs with great length as well.
His NFL ready build combined with the speed and ball skills make him the most coveted corner in this upcoming draft. Though he’s an inconsistent tackler which Charger fans have certainly suffered through enough of recently.