Draft prospects Chargers fans must watch closely in National Championship

Nick Spanola
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Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson | TCU CB

Yep, the nephew of Hall of Fame RB and Chargers legend LaDainian Tomlinson. Must I continue?

Hodges-Tomlinson is ranked 106th overall, projecting to be at least a 4th-round selection. The Bolts currently hold pick #127, so the cornerback's availability isn't off the table just yet.

The 5'9 senior primarily lines up wide, but could realistically shift over to the slot given his size. Here are some numbers from TCU (via PFF):

Season

Coverage Grade

Yards/Cov Snap

Passer Rating

Missed Tackle

FI-INT

2022

78.5

0.62

36.4

9.4%

18-3

2021

66.3

1.12

75.6

17.3%

11-2

2020

89.1

0.55

59.2

20.6%

19-0

In 2022, Tre'Vius led all power five CB's with 18 forced incompletions, and as you can see- that wasn't even a personal high.

He's recorded 600+ defensive snaps in each of the last three seasons. Production spanning across multiple years is a green flag for mid-round corners, and it's encouraging (at the very least) to see his tackling lulls diminish over time.

In the last playoff game, Michigan's JJ McCarthy targeted Hodges-Tomlinson 5 times. None went for completions and the CB notched 2 pass breakups (PFF).

Slot corner Bryce Callahan (32) and safety Nasir Adderley (26) are set to be unrestricted free agents. Defensive backs are volatile in performance year-to-year. They constantly need to be replenished.

Don't get me wrong, there are superior CB prospects. Some even label TCU teammate Josh Newton as a superior talent at the next level. However, I think it'd be difficult to overlook Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson in the middle rounds if available.

He might be slept on because of size, but his portfolio of work, especially for a national title contender this year, speaks for itself.

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