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Today marks the official start of the Senior Bowl

  • practice week and I , along with a herd of NFL scouts and fellow media members, all marched into a dimly lit auditorium to watch as each..."Today marks the official start of the Senior Bowl practice week and I, along with a herd of NFL scouts and fellow media members, all marched into a dimly lit auditorium to watch as each participating player walked across the main stage in their britches to get their height and weight measured prior to the week’s first practice.It’s an easy, although shallow, way for scouts to get a quick idea of what physical attributes these players could possibly bring to their teams in the near future.In my short preview I posted prior to my trek west from Georgia to Alabama, I highlighted three players at three positions of need for the Chargers and what they could bring to the 2019 version of the Bolts. All three of those guys, Wisconsin offensive tackle Michael Deiter Womens Antonio Gates Jersey , North Caroline State linebacker Germaine Pratt, and Arizona State defensive tackle Renell Wren, all measured out well and will continue to have my attention through the rest of the week.Here are their measurements from this morning:OG Michael Deiter - Wisconsin6-foot-5304 lbs.Hand: 11 1/8 in. (HUGE)Arm: 32 4/8 in.Wingspan: 78 1鈦? in.Deiter’s versatility should have the Chargers’ brass drooling as he has at least a dozen starts at center, guard, and tackle. As one of the highest-graded offensive linemen over the last two years, Deiter still isn’t gaining a ton of publicity compared to some of the other OL prospects. However, guys with experience (54 games started) and rock-solid fundamentals tend to excel in the NFL sooner than those with flashy athletic ability.LB Germaine Pratt - North Caronlina State6-foot-2 5/8 (Not 5-foot-11!!!)240 lbs.9 in.31 5/8 in.74 7/8 in.Excellent size for the position as a former safety. Pratt has a knack for sifting through traffic and looks to be another excellent defensive prospect from that Wolfpack defense.DT Renell Wren - Arizona State6-foot-4 4/8315 lbs. (Many thought he was under 300)9 7/8 in.33 6/8 in.81 in.Listed as a “freak” among college football players. Many thought Wren was a tad light as he supposedly played his final season somewhere in the 290’s. The fact that he weighed-in at 315 pounds is huge for him, especially if he continues to show that incredible first step off the line of scrimmage.On top of those three Denzel Perryman Jersey , here is a list of other notable players at the same positions of need:OT Chuma Edoga - USC6-foot-3 6/8303 lbs. (Listed at 295 during his final season)9 2/8 in.34 7/8 in.81 1/8 in.Athletic tackle who still needs some reinforcement in the finer details of the tackle position. Moves well in space. Unusually narrow shoulders for the position.OT Kaleb McGary - Washington6-foot-6 7/8321 lbs.10 2/8 in.33 5/8 in.79 in.Not the most fundamentally sound prospect but finds his success by giving 110% on every play. Was voted the Pac-12 Offensive Linemen of the Year.OL Dalton Risner - Kansas State6-foot-4 5/8308 lbs.10 5/8 in.34 2/8 in.81 in.Risner has been one of the highest-graded offensive linemen in all of college football over the past three years. Scouts believe his best place is inside, specifically at center due to his elite mental-processing and leadership traits.OG Dru Samia - Oklahoma6-foot-5304 lbs.10 in.33 1/8 in.80 in.Member of offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award for the nation’s top unit. Athletic guard that was used as a puller quite often to pave the way for QB Kyler Murray and RBs Keith Brooks and Trey Sermon.OT Andre Dillard - Wasihngton State6-foot-4 7/8310 lbs.9 5/8 in.34 in.80 1/8 in.One of the best pass protectors in the draft. Holds his 310 pounds very well on his frame. Would instantly sure-up the right tackle spot and give Philip Rivers a ton of security as he gets closer and closer to 40.LB Deshaun Davis - Auburn5-foot-11 3/8231 lbs.10 in. (BIG)31 2/8 in.76 2/8 in.An absolute bowling ball out on the field. By far has the biggest hands for his position. One of the headliner players here at the Senior Bowl.LB Te’Von Coney - Notre Dame6-foot-0 7/8244 lbs.9 1/8 in.32 6/8 in.77 2/8 in.A very compact linebacker who possesses some of the best run-fits among his position group here in Mobile. Didn’t measure that well but was the heart of the Notre Dame defense in 2018.LB Cameron Smith - USC6-foot-2230 lbs.10 1/8 in.32 2/8 in.76 4/8 in.LB Drue Tranquill - Notre Dame6-foot-2228 lbs.9 6/8 in.31 in.74 in.Came back from two seperate ACL tears. Two-time team captain. Played 52 games for the Fighting Irish. Finished his career with 295 total tackles.DT Dontavious Russell - Auburn6-foot-3 1/8319 lbs.9 1/8 in.32 in.77 4/8 in.A former 4-star recruit, Russell is one of the most versatile defensive tackles at the Senior Bowl as he’s capable of filling in at nose tackle or the three-technique. Has very active hands and shows strength at the point of attack.DT Greg Gaines - Washington6-foot-1 1/8 307 lbs.9 3/8 in.31 1/8 in.75 5/8 in.Almost joined former-teammate Vita Vea in going to the NFL after last season. Can be equally as disruptive. Excels at stopping the run and has the get-up-and-go to explode off the line and put pressure on the QB from anywhere along the interior. That’s more like it"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections San Diego Chargers Daily LinksSan Diego Chargers NewsSan Diego Chargers OffseasonSan Diego Chargers HistorySan Diego Chargers HumorChargers PlayersChargers Roster MovesChargers Free Agency NewsBreaking: Chargers Re-Sign All-Pro S Adrian PhillipsNew,91commentsThat’s more like itPDTShareTweetShareShareBreaking: Chargers Re-Sign All-Pro S Adrian PhillipsKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsNow this is what I’m talking about. The GM Tom Telesco and the Chargers were able to bring back one of, if not the most important internal FA this off season. Bringing back Adrian Phillips is a huge win for this team, and a great move. Phillips was, at this point, one of the best Safeties still on the FA market. He really came into his own last season.I will be the first to admit , early on in Phillips’ career, I was one of his biggest critics. I thought he was just bad and couldn’t understand why the staff kept saying things like “he’s one of the smartest guys we have on defense” or talking about how he is one of the best players on the field in practice. I just didn’t see it on the field.Fast forward to 2018 and Adrian Phillips played his ass off. He finished the season with 94 tackles (65 solo), 4 TFL, 9 PD, 1 INT, and 1 FF. He stacked up all those numbers on only 7 starts. That outstanding season earned him not only a Pro-Bowl spot, but also 1st team All-Pro. And it wasn’t even all on defense, he was a special teams demon this year and a leader on that unit. Phillips has used his excellent football IQ to become an amazingly versatile chess piece that defensive coordinator Gus Bradley used all over the field Womens Uchenna Nwosu Jersey , which was especially helpful when the Chargers had lost so many LBs that Anthony Lynn was getting fitted for pads. And when I say all over the field, here’s what I mean:Snap counts lined up at different positions:DL - 17BOX (SS/LB) - 658Slot Corner - 41Wide Corner - 7Free Safey - 79Losing Phillips, especially after releasing Jahleel Addae, would have put the Chargers defense in a pretty tough spot. Keeping Phillips helps stop the hole at S from becoming a canyon, and helps the Chargers while they figure out whats going on at LB this year. It’s also a great move because it shows that the Chargers can actually develop good players and when they do develop, they’ll get rewarded. All eyes now turn to Damion Square and Darius Philon to see if TT can bring back at least one of them to the rapidly shrinking DL group.
      December 3, 2019 6:49 PM PST