The San Diego Chargers have seven picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. It’s assumed the Chargers will remedy their needs at defensive back, pass rusher and offensive line with their picks. However, San Diego State star safety Nat Berhe could be a Charger via the later round draft picks.
Berhe led the Aztecs with 99 total tackles, helping him win honors as a 2013 All-Mountain West First-Team defensive back. His skill at the Aztec position in Rocky Long’s 3-3-5 gives him a lot of versatility to play in the defensive backfield or have him rush the quarterback. The future for Berhe is at free safety or a nickel corner covering a tight end.
Some of the biggest knocks against Berhe happen to be his combine stats like a 4.71 40-yard dash, and to NFL scouts that’s Rich Eisen-like speed. It would be hard to have him line up against a quick-footed receiver like Eric Decker, but Berhe’s play and size matches Eric Weddle’s, so that might influence the Chargers come draft day.
Berhe is San Diego State’s best offering to the NFL this draft year. Berhe doesn’t project to be a lock-down starting defensive back like Justin Gilbert. However, specifically for the Chargers, Berhe would be an upgrade over safety Darrell Stuckey. Although Stuckey’s special teams play is his calling card, Berhe’s smarts and leadership could upgrade both their secondary and special teams as a whole.
Berhe could be available towards the back-end of the draft if the Chargers front office believes in adding more smart guys on defense.