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Top 25 Prospects from Football Outsiders

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Buck Melanoma, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Couple of Chargers make the list. Read the article before you jump to any conclusions - it explains their rationale.

    18. Cam Thomas, DT, San Diego Chargers

    Thomas was generally hailed as a steal when the Chargers snagged him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, but he played in just six games as a rookie and only had seven tackles (although two of those were sacks). Last year, we saw a bit more of what Thomas can do, with four sacks, three quarterback hits and 6.5 hurries, plus an 87 percent stop rate on run tackles. He has rare natural strength and can both get to the quarterback in a one-gap and stuff up the run in a two-gap. It's unlikely Thomas will take a starting job away fromAntonio Garay, but he's a useful piece when San Diego goes to four linemen (which they did on nearly 20 percent of snaps last year).

    21. Vincent Brown, WR, Chargers

    The Chargers love this local third-round pick (out of San Diego State) who has drawn comparisons to Derrick Mason. He has good hands and quick feet, but isn't great at getting separation on vertical routes. The trick is to use him right: He should be the possession receiver with Robert Meachem and Malcom Floydas the deep threats, but the Chargers sent him 20 or more yards on 14 of his 40 targets, plus a 27-yard defensive pass interference. He also needs to work on getting open against NFL corners, as an awful lot of his passes as a rookie were either defensed or saw Brown immediately tackled without yards after the catch. Once he improves, he could be the dynamic intermediate option the Chargers were lacking last year when TE Antonio Gates was out of the lineup.

    The full article is here.
  2. Ikeman83

    Ikeman83 Werter Pöbel

    Feb 3, 2012
    Sometimes I think I should just shell out the change for a subscription to insider.
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Oops - sorry, I forgot it was an Insider article.

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