The NFL Combine concluded last week, but preparation for the NFL Draft continues until the event begins. What players should the Los Angeles Chargers key on after the conclusion of the combine?
Here are Chargers’ draft prospects that shined at last week’s combine.
Safety Jamal Adams
According to SB Nation’s database of updated Mock Drafts, safety Jamal Adams is connected to the Chargers by most draft experts.
Adams continued that hype with a solid combine performance. His size and weight are impressive for the safety position, but his game tape and impact are what earned Adams the draft. He proved that in the position-specific drills at the Combine.
NFL.com’s Chad Reuter listed Adams as a prospect that confirmed their draft status. Reuter said, “He was very impressive duriReng position drills, looking like an NFL veteran with his decisive movement and pure confidence.”
Thus, the Chargers would be lucky to have Adams fall to them that late.
Receiver Mike Williams
Receiver Mike Williams does not seem like the most likely pick for the Chargers. However, a limited offensive line class could mean the Chargers go for the best player available.
There are plenty of scenarios where Adams may not be available at No. 8. Still, Los Angeles would be lucky to land a receiver like Williams. This is especially true when you consider that No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen finished the last two seasons on Injured Reserve.
Either way, Williams did not run at the combine. This hurts him considering his speed is his biggest question mark.
Therefore, Los Angeles should get back to the tape. They know he can produce as he caught 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016. But can Williams create separation at the next level? He’ll have to answer that question at his Pro Day, if he wants to get drafted in the top-10 picks.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson
Speaking of Clemson players, quarterback Deshaun Watson should also be on the Chargers’ radar.
Yes, I know the Chargers have a Pro Bowl quarterback in Philip Rivers. However, Rivers is on the wrong side of 30.
Moreover, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah had the Chargers drafting Watson in his latest mock. It makes sense when you consider the Chargers need a quarterback to be the face of their franchise as the grow in the L.A. market.
Watson proved that he can handle lots of pressure via the last two NCAA Championships. Hence, the Bolts could groom Watson behind Rivers for a few seasons.
In the end, last week’s combine offered these players a chance to shine for NFL teams. Now, these draft prospects can continue building on that via their Pro Days and private workout. Stay posted to see who the Chargers select during the April 29, NFL Draft.