Cornerback Mims has real shot in San Diego

The Chargers' roster is littered with former undrafted free agents, from key reserves like Stephen Cooper to Pro Bowlers like Antonio Gates. When Anthony Mims signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, he set his sights on becoming latest diamond to be found in the undrafted rough.

Anthony Mims, a 5-foot-11, 189 lb. cornerback from West Virginia, was an All-Conference selection as a senior. He finished that season - his second as a starter - with 29 tackles, two interceptions and three passes defended.

Even though the Chargers spent first-round picks on both Quentin Jammer and Antonio Cromartie, Mims sees nothing but opportunity in the Chargers' secondary.

"I feel like I've got a pretty good chance to make the team. That's one of the main reasons I signed with San Diego. Also, I used to live there for a while, and it's close to home for me, so I felt comfortable with my decision," said Mims, a Los Angeles native.

While location made Mims comfortable in his decision, secondary coach Brian Stewart is charged with making him comfortable on the field.

"He's a good coach," said Mims of Stewart. "He makes things easy for his players. I'd definitely say he's a player's coach, because he knows how to keep things on their level. So far he's been working with me on my footwork, and knowing the techniques to use in press coverage and other types of coverages, too."

His improving technique aside, Mims knows the challenge before him is a daunting one.

"The hardest thing is trying to get back to feeling as comfortable as I did in college," Mims said. "Learning this playbook is a whole new thing, and I need to get comfortable with the defense as quickly as possible."

Because of the always-difficult transition to the pro game, Mims is keeping his goals modest. He is hopeful that with the help of his teammates, he can make an impact this season.

"My only goal is to make the team, that's first and foremost," Mims said. "We have guys here that have been helping me prepare, guys like Ray Walls. He can sit on the bench with me and point things out as we go.

The rest of the guys are a little younger, but I don't think that's a problem. In college players are never around more than three or four years, and the guys that came before me helped me out a lot. It doesn't matter how much experience you have, because any is better than none."

If Mims can continue improving his ball skills and maintain a consistent level of play, he has a chance to get some experience of his own by season's end.

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