Chargers Draft

6 late-round cornerbacks the Chargers could target in the 2022 NFL Draft

Reese Nasser
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May 16, 2021; Frisco, Texas, USA; Sam Houston State Bearkats defensive back Zyon McCollum (22) and
May 16, 2021; Frisco, Texas, USA; Sam Houston State Bearkats defensive back Zyon McCollum (22) and / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State

Zyon McCollum is one of the most distinguished FCS cornerbacks in recent history. He is also arguably one of the best pure athletes in this year's draft. The five-year starter at Sam Houston State is now in a position where he can immediately step in and help a team at the next level. 

While at Sam Houston State, McCollum was lockdown along the secondary. He recorded 205 tackles, 54 defended passes, and 13 interceptions. He led the team in interceptions in three of his five seasons. He also recorded 10 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles. 

While he showed how good he was in the secondary, he can also immediately contribute on special teams. There is also a chance that he could spend time at safety in the NFL as well.

McCollum showcased his speed at the combine where he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash. With his speed, paired alongside his 6-2 and 200-pound frame, McCollum could turn into one of the hardest-hitting players in the league. 

From a play-style perspective, he occasionally struggles with coverage and can sometimes get too physical downfield, leading to penalties. But he also has the sort of speed that rarely leads to him losing down the field. 

McCollum may not immediately be a starter in the NFL, but he can help add depth and contribute on special teams. He is good enough to be effective, regardless of the role that is put in. 

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