Player News - Chargers

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Chargers signed Notre Dame LB James Onwualu.

Onwualu (6’1/228) was a three-plus-year starter for the Fighting Irish, collecting 19.5 career tackles for loss with six sacks and three forced fumbles. An average to below-average athlete, Onwualu slugged to a 4.76 forty at Notre Dame’s Pro Day and posted a slow-twitch 7.25 three-cone time. Onwualu’s tape is better than his measurables, but he’s a low-ceiling prospect. He did play a lot of special teams in South Bend and will begin his NFL career there.
Apr 29 - 7:38 PM

Chargers selected Notre Dame DL Isaac Rochell with the No. 225 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

This is a solid selection in the seventh-round. Rochell has plenty of experience in an odd man front and attended the Senior Bowl. Over the last three seasons he was on the field over 83 percent of the time and tested in the 51st percentile. Expect Rochell to act as depth.
Apr 29 - 5:44 PM

Chargers selected Utah OL Sam Tevi with the No. 190 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Tevi (6’5/311) arrived at Utah as a defensive tackle before converting to offensive line for his final three seasons, starting at left tackle as a junior and right tackle as a senior. He never earned all-conference recognition in the Mountain West, and tested as a 20th-percentile athlete before the draft. Nevertheless, Tevi has experience playing a variety of positions in addition to long arms (34") and big hands (10 1/8"). While not a particularly compelling prospect, he’s worth a look based purely on size as O-Line talent across the league continues to evaporate.
Apr 29 - 4:09 PM

Chargers selected Iowa DB Desmond King with the No. 151 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

King (5’10/201) was a rare four-year starter in the Hawkeyes’ secondary, amassing 47 career pass breakups with 14 interceptions and also returning both punts and kicks. King won the Jim Thorpe and Jack Tatum Awards with eight INTs in 2015, and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season. Due to 4.60 speed but terrific run-support and tackling skills, King is likely headed for safety in the pros. While not an exceptional athlete, King has the requisite physicality and short-area quicks to cover slot receivers in addition to manning the back half. King's sub-par measurables were the reason he fell into the Chargers' fifth-round lap.
Apr 29 - 2:22 PM

Chargers selected Miami S Rayshawn Jenkins with the No. 113 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jenkins (6’1/214) made 33 starts at The U, tallying eight tackles for loss and nine interceptions and earning honorable mention All-ACC as a fifth-year senior. While not a decorated college player, Jenkins showed NFL-level athleticism with 4.52 wheels and explosive vertical (37") and broad (10’8") jumps at the Combine. A punishing, plus-sized, downhill safety, Jenkins’ game is reminiscent of Steelers SS Mike Mitchell. Like Mitchell, Jenkins will likely have to earn his early-career keep on special teams before pushing for regular defensive playing time.
Apr 29 - 12:30 PM

Chargers selected Indiana OG Dan Feeney with the No. 71 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Feeney (6’4/305) made 42 starts on the Hoosiers’ line – the first 37 at right guard and final five at right tackle – and earned first-team All-Big Ten in each of his final two seasons as well as first-team All-America as a senior. Feeney was charged with just two sacks allowed in his college career. A finesse lineman, Feeney specialized in pass protection and zone blocking at Indiana and isn’t a power player. He also missed four games to a severe concussion in 2016. Feeney’s lack of mauling strength caps his ceiling, but he projects as a competent starter in the Andy Levitre mold. Chargers GM Tom Telesco is drilling the offensive line on day two, as he should after Philip Rivers got happy feet down the stretch last season.
Apr 28 - 9:55 PM

Chargers selected Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Lamp (6’4/309) was a four-year starter on the Hilltoppers’ line, briefly playing right guard as a redshirt freshman before moving to left tackle after three games and manning the blind side the rest of his career. Mike Mayock called Lamp’s 2016 game against Alabama "the best OL tape I’ve seen in years." Lamp lacks ideal length with 32 ¼-inch arms, but possesses massive hands (10 5/8") and posted the second-highest SPARQ score among offensive linemen at the Combine. Lamp’s likeliest NFL position is on the interior, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he stayed at tackle in the mold of Texans LT Duane Brown.
Apr 28 - 7:41 PM

Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The first pick of the Los Angeles Chargers era, Williams (6’4/218) turned pro as a redshirt junior after rebounding from a sophomore-season neck fracture to drop a 98-1,361-11 (13.9 YPR) receiving line in 2016. Williams’ tape reveals a wideout whose game is built on back-shoulder fades and contested catches, traits that translate well to the pros. A la Alshon Jeffery, Williams is dominant at the catch point and fearless over the middle. He has long arms (33 3/8") and natural hands, which help Williams compensate for sub-par separation. Possessing 4.56-4.58 speed and a mere 32-inch vertical, Williams’ ceiling likely isn’t as high as Alshon’s, but he wins in similar ways and should be used similarly in the NFL.
Apr 27 - 9:00 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins are not "locked in" on Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp at No. 22 overall.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline spoke to "several people" last week who believed Miami was "locked in" on Lamp. That doesn't sound like it's the case, as Salguero adds that multiple other things would have to happen for the Dolphins to settle for Lamp. Miami's brass has no inclinations to take a guard early in the draft. Pass rushers and cornerbacks are perceived as more pressing needs.
Apr 26 - 10:22 AM

Chargers re-signed WR Dontrelle Inman to a one-year, $2.746 million contract.

It's his second-round restricted tender. Forced into an expanded role due to Keenan Allen's 2016 ACL tear, Inman responded with a career-best 58-810-4 (14.0 YPR) receiving line. While Inman's role is unlikely to be nearly as voluminous this season, he is a versatile wideout capable of playing all three receiver spots and should be assured of a top-four spot in the rotation.
Apr 25 - 8:09 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the team plans to pick up CB Jason Verrett's fifth-year option.

The option should be worth around $8.5 million. Because the option year is guaranteed for injury, Verrett's history -- just 24 games played through three seasons and coming back from a torn ACL -- perhaps made the decision a little more difficult, but there is no doubting his talent. If he can stay on the field, he should be a force under new DC Gus Bradley.
Source: ESPN
Apr 24 - 7:42 PM

Chargers re-signed TE Jeff Cumberland to a one-year contract.

Cumberland missed all of 2016 with a torn Achilles. He joins Sean McGrath and Asante Cleveland as veteran depth on a minimum deal. Cumberland will compete for a blocking role behind Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates.
Apr 12 - 4:14 PM

Tyrell Williams thinks the healthy return of Keenan Allen will "open things up for all the receivers and the backs."

Williams admits Allen is going to take on a large share of the targets, but he is not worried about his role. "It won’t change much for me," Williams said. "Really, he opens up a lot for me." Williams will likely struggle to top 115 targets again if Allen stays healthy, but he should see plenty of work as the No. 2 receiver.
Apr 11 - 10:56 AM

Keenan Allen (ACL) estimates he's at 85 percent health.

Allen will be babied along through the offseason program, but remains on pace to be full go for training camp. Allen heads into 2017 having appeared in just 9-of-32 games over the past two seasons, but his upside remains palpable as Philip Rivers' No. 1 receiver.
Apr 10 - 3:09 PM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said the team is willing to draft a receiver with the No. 16 overall pick.

"If we feel like the best player at 16 is a wide receiver and we feel like he’s going to come in and help Joe [Flacco] and help the other guys, we’ll turn that card in in a hurry," Newsome said. Newsome added using a first-round pick on Breshad Perriman in 2015 will not affect their decision this year. Baltimore could use a big, possession-type receiver to pair with Perriman and Mike Wallace. Clemson's Mike Williams could fit the bill in the first round.
Apr 6 - 10:15 AM


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