Chargers Draft

5 safeties the LA Chargers could draft in the 2021 NFL Draft

AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 07: Caden Sterns #7 of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the fourth quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 07: Caden Sterns #7 of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the fourth quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Richard LeCounte, Georgia

Richard LeCounte is an option for the LA Chargers if they decide to take a safety in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Draft Network ranks LeCounte as the 125th overall prospect in the draft and he is likely going to be a late-day two, early-day three selection.

LeCounte is exciting for the LA Chargers for multiple reasons, both touching on things that we know Brandon Staley values. First is his ability to line up in several different places on the field. While a traditional safety, LeCounte also played snaps at slot corner at Georgia.

He is not going to be the Bolts’ go-to option at slot corner and won’t be Desmond King and transition there full-time. But his ability to play the position when needed is absolutely a plus for the team.

LeCounte was also good in man coverage in the instances that he was put in the slot, another thing that Staley values. While LeCoune could be a bit bigger, the Chargers have someone who can realistically cover slower slot corners and some smaller tight ends at the NFL level.

LeCounte is not going to be an every-down back and projects to be more valuable in the passing game, which could lead the Chargers to look elsewhere as Adderley is not great on running downs.

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