Chargers HC Brandon Staley reveals traits at positions of need ahead of NFL draft

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With the 2021 NFL draft just weeks away, rumors are flying and hats are trying to tipped in terms of who teams might be selecting.

For the Chargers, head coach Brandon Staley, who spoke with the media on Thursday, was asked a few questions in regards to what type of players the team is looking for at positions that need to be addressed.

Starting with the offensive line, Staley emphasized size as a key factor, adding that they want to become a bigger team.

If we are trying to connect the dots, specifically at the tackle position, guys like Christian Darrisaw (6′ 4″, 322), Samuel Cosmi (6′ 6″, 314), Teven Jenkins (6′ 5″, 317) and Spencer Brown (6′ 8″, 311) fall under this category, while Rashawn Slater (6′ 4″, 304) and Alijah Vera-Tucker (6′ 4″, 308) might fall short of their thresholds.

Shifting gears to the other glaring position of need, with that being cornerback, Staley said players they value have to be able to cover man-to-man, have movement ability when playing off coverage, ball skills when they’re at the third level and the ability to tackle in open space.

To me, Patrick Surtain, Jaycee Horn, Asante Samuel, Jr., and Greg Newsome are a few that fit the description.

Staley was really open when answering the questions, not appearing to have a poker face. It will be really interesting to see how they piece the rest of the roster when the draft rolls around. For now, we can use the information given and continue to try to predict the outcome.