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LA Chargers: 3 players who could replace free agent Rayshawn Jenkins

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers tries to catch a pass intended for tight end Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime of their game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 30-27 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers tries to catch a pass intended for tight end Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime of their game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 30-27 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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3. Hamsah Nasirildeen

If the LA Chargers lose Rayshawn Jenkins in free agency then they very well could turn towards the 2021 NFL Draft to add depth at the position. However, I do not think the team is going to spend any high draft capital on safety as they still need to fully see what they have in Adderley.

There are simply too many other roster holes to warrant a first or second-round pick on a safety. Hamsah Nasirildeen is still a bit of a stretch but if he is available with the team’s compensatory pick in the third round then I would not mind him being taken.

The Chargers could turn back to Derwin James’ alma mater for another versatile defender and that is exactly why I would be okay with Nasirildeen with that selection. Nasirildeen stands in at six-foot-three and is a freakish athlete that has the skillset to lineup anywhere in the field.

He is Isaiah Simmons-lite from last year’s draft. Simmons was obviously a farrrrr more polished prospect, but you get the point.

Nasirildeen can traditionally line up at safety but could also spend some time in the box and if he progresses as expected, could probably even line up at outside linebacker in certain packages. He has the physical gifts and quite frankly, he should be a high draft pick.

The problem is his injury history and that could scare the LA Chargers away. Nasirildeen tore his ACL and only played two games in 2020, which is going to hurt his draft stock.

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However, that could lead to the Chargers getting a steal late in the third round by simply picking the best available. There is a decent chance that he is available then — The Draft Network ranks him as the 96th-best prospect in the draft.

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