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2 former Justin Herbert teammates that the LA Chargers could draft

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1. Verone McKinley, Safety

Verone McKinley is much more than just being a former teammate of Justin Herbert. McKinley has reportedly already met with the LA Chargers and based on what we know about Brandon Staley's defensive identity, McKinley could be high on the Chargers' board as a mid-round selection.

Verone McKinley is a versatile safety who can play just about anywhere on the field. McKinley split time between safety, slot corner and even played in the box for Oregon. Staley's defense thrives on having a deep cornerback room that is versatile and can line up in a myriad of positions to create the best matchups. McKinley could help the Chargers accomplish just that.

Plus, there is the potential of Kyzir White getting lured away in free agency and with a weak slot cornerback class (and Chris Harris leaving the team) the Chargers are going to have to bolster that area of the secondary in any way they can. Getting someone like McKinley, among other versatile pieces, could be the best bet.

Heck, down the line we could even see McKinley play some linebacker like White, who was originally drafted as a safety and made the transition. It is unfair to White to compare the two completely after his breakout year in 2021 but there are similarities.

McKinley is likely going to be a late day two, early day three selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Draft Network ranks him 107th on their 2022 prospect rankings, which is right around where he might go. A third-round pick might be a bit too rich for the Chargers, but if they really like McKinley they could even move up in the fourth round using some of their compensatory picks.

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