LA Chargers: 2 of Justin Herbert’s Oregon teammates that could be drafted
2. Thomas Graham Jr.
Now this is a cornerback that I could see the LA Chargers taking in the 2021 NFL Draft. Holland is the better all-around prospect but Graham is a traditional outside cornerback that the Chargers could select to get depth at the position.
He is also someone who the Chargers would be able to take later in the draft. Graham is likely going to be an early day three pick, being picked in the fourth or fifth round. The Draft Network ranks him as the 197th best prospect in the class while Pro Football Focus ranks him 82nd.
If the LA Chargers really loved Graham then they could even pick him with their compensatory pick in the third round, although they likely could get him in the fourth.
Graham is a little small for an outside NFL corner (five-eleven) and he is not the quickest at the position. What he lacks in physical traits he more than makes up for in his technique, which is what made him successful at the collegiate level to begin with.
Graham is solid in defending the run and at the very least could be a better depth option at the cornerback position than Brandon Facyson. As he develops with time under his belt, he could eventually turn into a solid CB2 option.
Most importantly, Graham showed up in a big way at the Senior Bowl. That, with a good word from Justin Herbert, could be enough to convince the Chargers to draft Graham.