San Diego Chargers: Undrafted free agents have potential

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While the San Diego Chargers made waves for their selection of Melvin Gordon in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, they also have made big news by signing 21 former college players who were unfortunately not taken in this year’s draft.

From Clemson quarterback prospect Cole Stoudt to local Cal Poly prospect linebacker Nick Dzubnar, the Chargers have selections from all over the board in their undrafted free agent signings.

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The Chargers recently released the 21 signings via Ricky Henne of

Of the signings, the Bolts added a pair of running backs, three wide receivers and five linebackers, as well as a number of other players.

According to editor Ricky Henne, the Chargers are used to finding some diamonds in the rough in terms of undrafted free agents. One of the Chargers best undrafted free agents happens to be No. 85.

The article states, “Antonio Gates is the shining example of the Bolts proud history regarding college free agents.  A basketball star at Kent State, the Chargers gave the raw prospect a shot when they signed him on May 2, 2003. An eight-time Pro Bowler and five-time AP All-Pro, he is a surefire lock to enter Canton five years after his legendary career comes to a close.”

Not to mention, current starters WR Malcom Floyd, RBs Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver, CB Chris Davis and SS Jahleel Addae are all former undrafted free agent signings by either the Chargers or other teams.

With the 21 undrafted free agents currently signed with the Chargers, I think there are some guys that could make a difference. Many of them will continue to stay on the practice squad, but I remain hopeful that there will be at least one undrafted free agent that is going to come out of the woodwork and surprise everybody.

If the Chargers didn’t feel all of their needs in the regular 2015 NFL Draft, then the surely filled their needs here in free agency. Their three offensive linemen will give them depth and their defensive hirings will surely breed competition, which will ultimately give San Diego the best possible on-the-field product.

Only time will tell to see how these prospect’s careers play out.

With some help from Henne’s player profiles, you will get an inside look at all of the newest rookie Chargers.

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