The 2019 NFL Draft is exactly one week from today.
With the event so quickly on the horizon, NFL Network’s resident draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah held a media conference call to preview the positions and players, and even played a little prognosticator.
Jeremiah, who in the fall spends his Sundays as the Chargers’ radio color analyst, was naturally asked a few questions about the Bolts and who he thinks would be a good fit for them at 28th-overall.
As such, he whittled his prospects down to three position groups on one side of the ball: safety, cornerback and defensive tackle. His reasoning for the first two positions is because he feels the receiving corps of teams in the AFC West have become stacked since free agency, so finding players to come into a secondary and compete right away would be wise to defend teams’ aerial attacks.
With that said, Jeremiah most recently mocked Temple safety Rock Ya-Sin to the Chargers. While he noted in his mock that Ya-Sin would be a good choice for the Bolts, he further explained on Thursday how Ya-Sin provides a good intangibles fit for the team.
“I had them taking Rock Ya-Sin from Temple who is somebody that has a toughness that (Defensive Coordinator) Gus Bradley likes to go along with some ball skills,” he explained.
Moving from safety to corner, Jeremiah shared his thoughts on why that position could be one to keep your eyes on come draft day. He also explained that the Chargers’ positioning at 28 bodes well for them.
“I don't think there's anybody in the secondary worth taking in the top of the draft,” Jeremiah said. “I'd just go back and just watching the team in some big games, I thought, man, they can use another body, another guy at corner would be a big help, and unfortunately Jason Verrett just couldn't stay healthy. Michael Davis has some intriguing skills, but I think they look to upgrade that position pretty early on in this draft, and I think the sweet spot of the draft for corners is kind of where they're located. I mean, that's where I think you'll see that run take place.”
Keeping with the theme on defense, Jeremiah talked most about the defensive tackle prospects and who best would benefit the Bolts. He rattled off a few names that may sound familiar to draft aficionados and discussed in detail why these players would be good fits in L.A.
“One guy I would keep an eye on, just because I love his game and I think he would be such a great fit with the Chargers, is (Clemson’s) Christian Wilkins (if he somehow) started to drift a little bit,” he noted. “I just think he'd be a fantastic fit. I do not think he ends up being there. (Clemson’s) Dexter Lawrence, I don't think that's really their style. I think you look for more of a penetrator. I think you'd be more likely to see somebody like a Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame) at that point in time that would make more sense. It's a little bit early for Ohio State's Dre'Mont Jones, but I think he's somebody -- in a trade-back scenario in the second round, that's somebody that fits what they do who can penetrate and get up field a little bit.”
We’ll all find out what happens in a week’s time.