Cornerbacks: Michael Davis, Asante Samuel Jr., Chris Harris Jr., Brandon Facyson, Tevaughn Campbell, Kemon Hall/Ryan Smith* (6)
Michael Davis, Asante Samuel Jr., and Chris Harris Jr. make up your starting 2021 Chargers' cornerback group here. Samuel had a very impressive preseason/training camp to the point where he effectively squashed all the talk of Brandon Facyson potentially starting at CB2.
Facyson and Tevaughn Campbell will be critical depth rotational pieces though. Campbell has looked particularly sharp this offseason, making decisions on the ball and in coverage a little quicker than he did last season.
The tricky aspect with the cornerbacks is the status of special teams ace Ryan Smith. He was briefly injured and then placed on the COVID-19/reserve list after testing positive.
There's a possibility he stays on the COVID-19 list for a little while longer until he tests negative, meaning he might not immediately be on that first Chargers' 53-man roster. We've also heard very few specifics about the injury he was dealing with in training camp, so I'm not sure whether there is or isn't short-term IR potential either.
There's a lot up in the air with Smith, but the Chargers likely have to keep him. They don't have many other candidates to play the gunner role on special teams and that was specifically what they signed him for.
For the time being, I'm putting Kemon Hall on my 53-man prediction until Smith gets back. He's been the most consistent this preseason despite some plays from John Brannon vs. the Rams.