Every year the Senior Bowl provides a place for teams to get one last in game look at certain prospects. While the NFL combine is typically the pinnacal spot that is more hyped and where players are more nit picked, it has been recent news that there will be no combine at all due to covid. That makes the Senior Bowl have that much more emphasis on it this season. The Chargers are a team that has a handful of positions of need that desperately need to he addressed. Here is a look at prospects the Chargers and Chargers fans should have their eye on this week.
Part 1: Defensive players
(Players selected are based off of team needs)
Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson FSU:
Big Marvin Wilson was pencilled in as the best defensive tackle in the class prior to the start of the 2020 season. Since then much has changed as many feel he has a lot to prove. A lot of scouts are saying that the 6’5 315 pound tackle is nothing more than a really good run stuffer. He did have 5 sacks in 2019 and if he shows some pass rush ability at the Senior Bowl then he might rise back to a first round grade. As of now a lot have him as a late second or early third round pick. If you ask me the Chargers have need a consistent run stuffer up front for years now so either way he should be in consideration.
Defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike Washington:
As of right now Levi is projected to be drafted between rounds 3-5. Sitting out the 2020 season probably wasn’t in the best interests for the 6’3 290 pounder. Levi was Vita Vea’s direct replacement after he left for the draft. This week will ultimately determine how much of a riser Levi will actually be or if he will simply be a mid to late round project.
Defensive end Rashad Weaver Pitt:
At 6’5″ 270 pounds Weaver has a combination of versatility and speed off the edge. Racking up 7.5 sacks in 9 games will get some people’s attention. Weaver has had first round grades on him and many have 3rd round grades on him. This is more than likely due to the fact that he played at a smaller school when compared to other D1 programs. The Senior Bowl will help people come to more of an agreement after seeing what he can do against top notch offensive line prospects.
Defensive end Patrick Jones Pitt:
Jones was a team-mate of Weaver and was arguably more productive with 9 sacks in 9 games. While he is the same height as Weaver he is also 10-15 pounds lighter around 255- 260.
Some may view him a a 3-4 OLB rather 5han a 4-3 DE.
Cornerback Aaron Robinson UCF:
Robinson is quickly being talked about as a potential top 5 or 6 corner all of a sudden. A big bodied corner at 6’1″ 195 pounds, Robinson played in 13 games as a true freshman for Alabama before transferring to UCF. In 2020 Robinson lead the team with 7 pass break ups and an impressive 31 solo stops which is impressive for a cornerback. It will be interesting to see how he holds up against some of the best wide outs in the country
Cornerback Elijah Molden Washington:
Molden is a short yet speedy and scrappy corner coming in at 5’10” 190 pounds. Molden won several awards for his leadership and work ethic while at Washington. Infact Pro Football Focus selected him as the Pac-12 player of the year. While he may quickly get labelled as a slot corner due to his size it is of high praise and note that in 2020 he held quarterbacks to a rating of just 28.1 when targeting him. His stock could quickly rise if he can show he can play on the outside as well.