“Chargers-NFL Combine-What They Need-Do You Care”
I wonder if the emotional divorce is final, between San Diego and the Chargers?
The NFL combine wraps up on Monday…and in San Diego….it seems to have been met with disinterest.
The talkshows have not done much on radio to cover it. The newspaper buried a combine story on the Chargers on page 5 in the UT..page 4-in the LA Times.
There are a ton of storylines involving the Chargers.
They do draft 17th in the first round and have lots of needs despite their (9-7) non-playoff finish.
A big debate that would be raging, if anyone cared in town, would be the quarterback of the future, and the fact this year’s draft board is loaded.
Coach Anthony Lynn says he’d take a QB at #17, if the right guy was available. That right guy might be Lousville’s Lamar Jackson, coming a (13,000 APY-119TD) career with the Cardinals.
Great athlete, might be a better receiver than quarterback, but he was unwilling to workout at wideout at the combine. But you wonder is he the next Robert Griffin III, who lasted less than two years because of injuries as a scrambler.
There’s also a small college phenom, Kyle Lauletta, a big gun thrower from Richmond, who shined in the Senior Bowl and did okay at the combine. And highly productive Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State,who could be there at the second round.
Of course, this team needs more help in the defense, either at tackle or at inside linebacker.
A name they liked, but who might have jumped up off the board, and might not be there at 17, is Washington Huskie Vita Vera. All he did in Indianapolis was run a (5.1) in the 40…and then blow the competition away when he bench pressed 225-pounds “41” times. The next in line is likely Da’Ron Payne of Alabama maybe with that first round pick
They talk talk offensive line depth after getting two good players last year in Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, but this could be a thinner crop upfront in the draft. Keep an eye on Kolton Miller of UCLA in the 2nd round, or brute strength UTEP guard Willy Hernandez..
They have also discussed another power running back, and in that second round, it surely seems the record setting Aztecs Rashaad Penny will be there at pick #48.
In the secondary, Florida State’s Derwin James and Alabama’s safety Ronnie Harrison seem to be key guys to look at in rounds one and two.
Oh it was some weekend with what Saquon Barkley did with all his metric workouts, moving the Ohio State star to possibly the number one pick.
And Wyoming QB-Josh Allen, maybe the next Carson Wentz, lit it up also, adding his name to the debate who should be at the top of quarterback list.
The fascinating story of Washington corner Shaq Griffin, who has just 1-hand, bench pressing 20-times, was heartwarming too.
So many interesting storylines, but it was a strange weekend in our city, which no longer has an NFL team. The buzz seemed to fade away about the combine.
Wondering if the buzz around following the Chargers franchise has died here too?