6 potential Chargers who stood out in Senior Bowl game

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Gavino Borquez
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After a trio of practices, the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl concluded on Saturday with the annual all-star game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Here are six potential Chargers targets who stood out in the showcase:

Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Radunz just a couple of days ago. I spoke to him after three great practices. He carried that over to today, showing why he’s worthy of a top-40 selection in the game. Radunz was a brick wall in pass protection, displaying outstanding footwork, balance and anchor to handle both speed and power. In the running game, he executed multiple reach blocks and a high motor when working to the second level.

Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma

Like Radunz, Humphrey carried the momentum of dominance into Saturday. After being used as a center and a guard, Humphrey exclusively played center, which is where he projects best at the next level. The former All-American showed great power and patience in pass protection and country strength in the running game, where he bulldozed defenders off the line to clear lanes. I wouldn’t be surprised if Humphrey doesn’t reach the third-round.

Cameron Sample, EDGE, Tulane

Sample didn’t receive a lot of buzz coming into this week, but based on how he performed in the practices and the game, I wouldn’t be surprised to be him be a top-100 selection. The 6-foot and 274 pounder was moving like he was 35 pounds lighter, winning with quickness and making plays away from the line of scrimmage, displaying great change of direction and a high motor. Not only that, but he showed great technique and power with his hands. Sample lined up both on the outside and inside. That versatility would come in handy for the Chargers.

Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa

When I interviewed Radunz, he said one of the toughest pass rushers that he faced in college was Smith. The 6-foot-6 and 272 pounder put together a performance, showing why he was a challenge for Radunz. Smith used all of the necessary traits at the position to be disruptive; length, flexibility and athleticism. It carried over when rushing the quarterback and in the run game, where he made a nice play in open space for a tackle of loss.

Keith Taylor, CB, Washington

Taylor was one of the most consistent corners during the week of practices and he was today, too. Even though he allowed a short touchdown, displayed the athleticism, competitiveness and length to stay attached to receivers throughout the afternoon. He was stellar at turning and locating the football. As a result, Taylor had a couple of passes defensed. Given the fact that the NFL covets, long corners that can play press and run, he’s going to go high.

Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota

Another corner who is going to go a lot higher after today is St-Juste. St-Juste showed good play strength at the line of scrimmage, jamming receivers and consistently staying on their hip throughout the route, which led to two passes defensed. The 6-foot-3 corner was lock down and he utilized his 80¼-inch wingspan to his advantage. Both St-Juste and Taylor are capable of playing early on for the Bolts.