Chargers Draft

3 late-round Chargers draft targets with the highest potential

By Ben Knudson
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Kalon Barnes
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3. Kalon Barnes, CB, Baylor

Kalon Barnes raised eyebrows at the 2022 NFL Combine when he came out with a blazing 4.23 40 yard dash time. He doesn't possess ideal size or ball skills, but with his straight-line speed and experience playing with a good defensive coach in Dava Aranda, he certainly has the opportunity to develop into a serviceable cornerback.

The Chargers are not afraid to spend time developing their corners. One might remember a certain undrafted speedster named Michael Davis who has made a significant impact for the Chargers. A sixth or seventh-round pick on Barnes wouldn't feel like a waste.

There are obviously going to be a number of available cornerbacks available in later rounds that could catch the eyes of Charger fans, but picking up the fastest player at the combine is sure to excite people.

Even though the Chargers historically use an offensive player to handle returning duties, Barnes' speed could make him a serviceable option to return punts and kicks. Obviously, this is just speculation at this point because it takes a fearless player to return, but Barnes obviously has the physical attributes to be a solid cornerback and special teamer.

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With a seventh-round pick, there is definitely value to drafting for physical attributes.