3. Ja'Sir Taylor
Ja'Sir Taylor has played really well during the preseason and in training camp for the LA Chargers. The Chargers drafted three defensive backs that were a bit raw but had the traits to succeed in Taylor, JT Woods and Deane Leonard. Of the three, Taylor has by far been the best and might have the biggest role in 2022.
Because he has played so well thus far it might not seem like he has a lot to prove to the coaching staff. That thought process is wrong for two reasons. First, rookies always have something to prove and Taylor needs to continue playing well to prove that he is ready for a bigger role in the NFL.
Secondly, the Chargers will likely have to play at least one game without J.C. Jackson, which has a ripple effect on the rest of the cornerback room. Michael Davis or Asante Samuel Jr. can no longer be the over-qualified CB4 option and instead, someone else is going to have to step up and play big snaps in certain downs.
With a big showing in this game, Taylor can prove that he is the man for that job. Rookies, especially ones drafted in the late rounds, have to make the most of their opportunities and this is a massive opportunity for Taylor.
If there is one defensive back I would watch very closely it is Taylor. We might be seeing a lot of him in two weeks time against the Raiders.