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 pinnacle spot that is more hyped and where players are more nit picked, it has of 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 be addressed. Here is a look at prospects the Chargers and Chargers fans should have their eye on this week.
Part 2: offensive players
(Players chosen are based off team needs)
Offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood Alabama:
Leatherwood is a mammoth of a man, as you will see is a trend here, standing at 6’6″ 330 pounds. I was dead set on Leatherwood being a top 3 tackle in this year’s draft until the play-offs started. I couldn’t help but notice him getting beat around the edge far too regularly. They had to put a tight end on his side to avoid it. If he needs to kick inside to guard he has pro bowl potential. He could still be a great tackle but it’s unknown if he is having an anticipation issue and if he needs to work on his first step.
Offensive guard Trey Smith Tennessee:
Smith has the same measurable’s as Leatherwood yet appears much thicker. Smith was tried out at tackle due to his size but his natural position is guard and always seems to play better there. Smith did have some blood clot issues in 2018 but it seems to be behind him now. It is yet to be seen if this will effect his draft stock. Chargers could look to beef up the interior line with someone like Smith if he maintains his 2-3 round label.
Offensive tackle Dillon Radunz North Dakota:
Radunz is an interesting prospect in that he could be seen as a top 5 tackle or some say barley top 10. At 6’6″ 300 pounds Dillon has quick feet for a tackle. The problem here is that North Dakota is only a D1AA school so concerns about the competition he saw are justified. However in 2019 he gave up 0 sacks which can’t go unnoticed. We will see how he holds up against legit D1 prospects this week however.
Center Creed Humphrey Oklahoma:
A big bodied centre at 6’4″ 312 pounds, Creed us known for his aggressiveness and a little bit of a mean streak. This is probably because he come from a family of wrestlers. His father was a 3 time all American. It is said that Creed is freakishly strong, probably due to wrestling his whole life. Apparently he can bench over 400 and squat over 600. His aggressiveness isn’t always a good mix for keeping up his technique however. It is also impressive that Creed has not allowed a single sack in two seasons.
Offensive tackle Alaric Jackson Iowa:
Jackson is coming off a fairly average year. While his size (6’6″ 320) and school history of lineman bodes well for him, some question his length. The length of a lineman’s arms can ultimately decide if he gets kicked inside or not. Some scouts think Jackson should have been a guard all along. This is Jackson’s last chance to show that he could stick at tackle.
Center Drake Jackson Kentucky:
Jackson helped lead Kentucky to be the 5th best rushing team in the SEC. Jackson has average size for the position at 6’2″ 290. Some think Jackson could be a top 5 center but needs to prove he can block up field. The knock is that he can only block what is directly in front if him. I would look to see how he handles his blocks in space. Depending how he handles block on pulling plays can severely impact his draft stock.
Offensive guard Ben Cleveland Georgia:
Yet another mammoth of a man, Cleveland stands at 6’6″ 354 pounds. He is heralded as an outstanding run blocker but still has much room to improve in the pass blocking department. There might be some questions regarding his character possibly as he opted out the week of Georgia’s play-offs game after playing the entire season. Some viewed that as a selfish act. Seeing how he interacts with players and coaches will be as important as his play.