Chargers: Defensive players from the Senior Bowl National Team to watch
By Jason Reed
LA Chargers general manager Tom Telesco really seems to value the Senior Bowl every year and this year’s iteration is tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th. How a player fares in the Senior Bowl could be the deciding factor of if they get drafted over another player in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Our very own Devon Auriemma broke down his players to watch in the Senior Bowl, all of which were offensive players. Earlier this morning, I posted my three defensive players to watch from the Senior Bowl American Team.
Now, we take a crack at the National Team.
Just right off the bat, there are more prospects that I am excited to watch on the National Team to get a bigger glimpse on how they play against the best seniors in the country. Here are the ones that I am particularly looking out for.
Defensive players on the National Team that the LA Chargers should keep an eye on:
1. Ambry Thomas, CB
Ambry Thomas is a blazing-fast cornerback from the University of Michigan that has a lot of potential. He is still a bit raw in his coverage abilities but has legitimate upside and can prove to be more NFL ready than anticipated with a good showing in the Senior Bowl.
The biggest hurdle with Thomas is his size as he has the height to be an outside cornerback at the NFL level but is going to need to put up some mass to handle NFL-sized receivers. However, that is something that can easily be added at the NFL level with the proper strength and conditioning coach.
Cornerback is a need for the Chargers and I would be shocked if the team did not take a corner in either the third or fourth round. That is right where Thomas is projected to be drafted, so the Chargers are definitely keeping a keen eye on him.
He is not the only corner in this range that the Chargers are going to be watching from the National Team.