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5 Late-Round Mountain West Prospects Who Could End Up With San Diego Chargers

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5 Late-Round Mountain West Prospects Who Could End Up With San Diego Chargers

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It’s no secret that the San Diego Chargers need help and can't afford top-tier free agents. The Chargers have seven draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, but seven players can't fill the lack of talent on the 53-man roster. The Chargers have some luck with some undrafted talent like Antonio Gates and Jahleel Addae. Here’s a look at five players from the MWC who could end up in San Diego in the later rounds.

5. Shaquil Barrett OLB. Colorado State

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5. Shaquil Barrett OLB. Colorado State

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Barrett was the MWC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He led the conference with 20.5 tackles for loss and he can easily plug in and compete for a spot. He would be best suitable as a rush linebacker opposite of Melvin Ingram. He is projected to go in the fourth round.

4. Bene Benwikere CB. San Jose State

Bene Benwikere CB. San Jose
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4. Bene Benwikere CB. San Jose State

Bene Benwikere CB. San Jose
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Benwikere is not the physical corner the Chargers are looking for, but he is definitely worth a look in the secondary as a nickel corner. His speed isn’t the greatest as his combine 40 was clocked at 4.63 seconds, but his vertical jump was impressive. He is projected to be selected around the fifth round.

3. Nat Berhe SS. San Diego State

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3. Nat Berhe SS. San Diego State

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Berhe is more of a wish because of his ability to play in the nickel for San Diego State. Having depth at safety should help and especially in the defensive backfield. His smarts would be like having two Eric Weddles in the secondary. He is projected to be taken in the fifth round.

2. Robert Herron WR. Wyoming

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2. Robert Herron WR. Wyoming

Robert Herron
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Herron has a lot to prove in the NFL because of his size, yet the scouts like his speed. It’s obvious that the Chargers are looking for someone with speed who can make plays on special teams. He could be a sleeper pick for the Chargers. Herron is projected to be drafted in the fifth round.

1. Austin Wentworth OG. Fresno State

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1. Austin Wentworth OG. Fresno State

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Wentworth’s speed might cost him as a draft pick, but the Chargers need to address any kind of depth for the offensive line. It’s been their weakness as a team, and it doesn’t hurt to have an abundance of invites to camp. Wentworth played with a quick release QB at Fresno State, so the no-huddle offense could cover Wentworth’s weakness. He is projected to be a undrafted free agent.