Cornerback is a position that the Los Angeles Chargers have already addressed this offseason. The signing of veteran cornerback J.C. Jackson along with the selection of Asante Samuel Jr in the second round of last year's draft should mean that the position is set for the foreseeable future. But they could still look to add some necessary depth.
The depth chart at cornerback leaves much to be desired. With the draft just two weeks away, the Chargers could look to add to the position with one of their later picks.
While there is a fairly large fall-off between the top of the cornerback class to the rest of the group, there are still several intriguing prospects that could immediately impact the team. The Chargers have created a defense that can take chances on several young players. With this year's cornerback group, they could do just that.
Here are six cornerbacks the Chargers could target later in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant may be one of the most underrated players in this month's draft. After playing alongside fellow cornerback Ahmad Gardner, who teams refused to throw at, Bryant was tested more than most players. Yet, he was able to consistently hold his own. His consistency and lockdown ability will make him a solid addition to any defense.
Bryant was a four-year starter while at Cincinnati. After fighting for playing time in 2017 as a freshman, he earned the starting job in 2018. In the time that he served as a starter, he recorded 168 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, 45 defended passes, and 10 interceptions.
Bryant totaled 3,317 defensive snaps over his five collegiate seasons. In that time, he was targeted a total of 271 times. He finished his career allowing 149 receptions and 11 touchdowns while starting 50 games.
At 6-1 and 193 pounds, Bryant isn't a small cornerback. He also put up 17 bench press reps at the combine, proving that he is also stronger than some people may think.
During his time at Cincinnati, he worked mainly in zone coverage, but he can also be effective in man.
Bryant can be effective at the next level, especially if he is put into a defense that highlights what he is good at. He can force incompletions against any receiver and has put in the reps to show he can be productive he can be.