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LA Chargers: Building the ideal cornerback room without Casey Hayward

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Chris Harris #25 and Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate an interception by Hayward during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Chris Harris #25 and Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate an interception by Hayward during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The rest of the LA Chargers’ cornerback room:

Chris Harris took a step back last season but him being the fourth option at corner is a really good outlook for the team. Harris fits this defensive ideology perfectly as he can play both in the slot and outside. While he is not the same guy as he was three years ago, and is now better in the slot, he can hold his own in a limited role outside.

Plus, with Davis being young and Hill not being a top-level corner the team is going to need that veteran that can help Samuel develop and blossom at the NFL level. With no Hayward, Harris becomes that guy and that is very important for a team to have.

Brandon Facyson is a restricted free agent and I would not mind seeing the team bring him back on a small contract. As frustrating as he can be, he has familiarity with the players around him and while it is a new defensive system, I think there is value in keeping a familiar face around for depth. I won’t lose sleep if he is the fifth cornerback.

The Chargers should have one more corner that could potentially step in in the case of injury and the corners currently on the roster, outside of Harris, are simply practice squad fillers.

In the late rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, it would be nice to see the Chargers take a defensive back that is versatile and can produce both at safety and cornerback if needed — like Desmond King. Hamsah Nasirildeen is the best version of that but he is likely going to be taken too early. Damar Hamlin is someone who could be taken in rounds six or seven.

David Njoku is a great sleeper trade target. Next

This cornerback room of Michael Davis, Asante Samuel Jr, Troy Hill, Chris Harris, Brandon Facyson and a drafted rookie is a step in the right direction. While not perfect, that is a cornerback room that Brandon Staley can work with.

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