Friday, May 16, 2014
Chargers rookie minicamp primer
By Eric D. Williams
The San Diego Chargers open the team's three-day rookie minicamp on Friday. It will be the first time local reporters get a chance to see the team's six draft picks and 17 undrafted rookie free agents in action.
With that in mind, here are a handful of players I'm interested in seeing today. Friday is the only day open to reporters.
Tevin Reese, WR -- Listed at 5-foot-10 and 163 pounds, I'm interested to see what Reese looks like up close. I also want to see how he does against press coverage this offseason and in training camp. The Chargers use motion, formation shifts and run bunch formations to help receivers get off the line. But if Reese can't consistently get off the line of scrimmage on his own at the next level it could be hard for him to have an impact. His ability to return punts and kicks also are of interest.
Chris Watt, OL -- Similar to Reese, I’m interested to see what Watt looks like on the field in terms of size and footwork. At 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, is Watt physical enough to hold up inside against the bigger defensive tackles in the NFL? That's something we really won't find out until preseason play. Also, I'll be watching how he makes the transition to center, if that's something the team decides he will take on.
The Chargers traded up in the second round to take Georgia Tech's Jerry Attaochu.
Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB -- I'm interested to see San Diego's second-round selection move around in individual drills. I particularly want to see how he moves in space and drops in coverage. We know Attaochu is an elite athlete for his position, so I'll be watching how the team develops the Georgia Tech product, and what specific role he will ultimately have on Sundays.
Torrence Allen, WR – You have to love Allen’s production at West Texas A&M. At 6-1 and 190 pounds, he finished with 93 receptions for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns. Allen also had an impressive pro day, running a 4.44-second, 40-yard time, posting a 40-inch vertical jump and 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump.
Chris Davis, CB -- The Iron Bowl hero is known nationally for his 109-yard return of a missed field goal for a touchdown in the win over rival Alabama. But at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Davis also was a productive corner for Auburn, finishing with 74 tackles, 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble in 12 games. I'm also interested to see Davis as a punt returner. He was one of the best in the country in college last season.
Mike Flacco, TE -- The younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the 27-year-old is attempting to make it in football after playing minor league baseball for four seasons. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Flacco ran a 4.78-second, 40-yard time at his pro day. He finished with 591 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season for New Haven.
Tenny Palepoi, DL -- At 6-foot-1 and 300 pounds, Palepoi was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection for the Utah Utes, finishing with 9.5 tackles for loss. His older brother Anton Palepoi played four seasons in the NFL. With the Chargers looking for depth up front, Palepoi could compete for a rotational spot at defensive end.
Brelan Chancellor, WR -- At 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, Chancellor showed impressive ability as a return man at North Texas, finishing fifth in the country in punt returns with an average of 16.1 yards and 11th in kickoff returns with an average of 27.6 yards.