The Chargers Draft 2018 could feature some hidden gems from the Collegiate Bowl. The college all-star game is in Southern California at the Rose Bowl so the Chargers should definitely get a good look at some prospects who could be available in the later rounds and free agency. Here are some players Chargers fans should watch in the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl today.
Finding Philip Rivers protege has been an ongoing saga. Hill has a ton of name recognition but the dual threat quarterback needs some development. Hill may fall late and the Chargers could give him a look as a camp arm and developmental piece that will not intimidate Rivers.
No. 7 for the American team will give teams a live look at his improved accuracy. Hill completed 67 percent of passes and threw 23 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions. Hill has the name recognition and the NFLPA game is the perfect platform to gain some attention from scouts again.
He is undersized at six-foot-one but that is less of an issue these days. Especially since Hill is mobile. He ran for 326 rushing yards and five touchdowns at TCU in 2017. Hill needs to dominate the competition in this game. If he does, the Chargers should take notice.
Safety Jaleel Waddod was a solid player for four seasons at UCLA. He finished his career with 287 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. Considering Wadood played his college ball in the Chargers backyard, Los Angeles should be familiar with him.
However, he should prove his big school experience in today’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Wadood is considered a late draft pick or free agent. He is a bit undersized for safety as he is under six feet. Thus, he will need to show his speed in today’s contest.
It would also be great if he can show some ball skills. The Chargers haven’t been set at safety since Eric Weddle left a few years ago. Wadood could also be a welcomed special teams contributor and he could compete for some playing time at safety. He will wear No. 34 for the American team. Walter Football has him graded as a round 5-7 prospect.
Chris Hawkins is another safety in the Chargers backyard. Hawkins was a late addition to the game but he could be one of the standouts. Hawkins has some of the same concerns as Wadood including size, speed and ball skills.
However, Hawkins also brings a solid resume from a big school. He had 88 tackles, three sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 2017.
If Hawkins can make some plays on Saturday there is no reason why the Chargers shouldn’t consider him as some DB depth and special teams contributor. Hawkins is currently the No. 23 safety per Drafttek.com.
Could the Chargers next draft steal come from the 2018 NFLPA game? This is the perfect chance for Hill, Hawkins and Wadood to gain some exposure to the local team who needs help at their position.