Bolts Eye Explosive WR

The Bolts' quest to unearth receiver depth was in full force last week at the Combine. The Chargers were so struck by one receiver's awing quickness, impressive leaping ability and hefty build that they dedicated one of their 15-minute private meetings to him. This small-school prospect proves there is nothing small about his talent or production.

The Chargers tapped Jerome Simpson of Coastal Carolina University for a private meeting in Indianapolis last weekend. Simpson (6'2", 199 pounds) closed his senior year by proving unerringly that he is equipped for the next tier.

Named the Big South's 2007 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and ranked preseason No. 2 among wide receivers by The Sports Network, Simpson entered his senior year feeling the pressure to prove he was worthy of the recognition…and he did nothing less.

The Chanticleer averaged 17 yards per catch and closed his career with 2,720 receiving yards, 44 touchdowns and 161 receptions, becoming the first CUU receiver with more than a 100 career receptions.

At the Combine, Simpson upped the ante and squashed any doubts about him being just a small-school athlete. He was the sixth-best out of 47 receivers with a 4.47-second forty and his 37-inch vertical jump placed him in second place among the same group.

With his 11'4" broad-jump placing him in first place out of all the players, Simpson's ability to out-jump defenders to snatch the ball at its highest peak is evident.

The Bolts anticipate a break on their bench once WR Malcom Floyd departs via free-agency. Starting receivers Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers are a solid tandem but they say you are only as strong as your weakest link.

WR Eric Parker remained a permanent fixture on the IR (toe) for the whole season and the Chargers lack the depth needed to back up the starters.

Smart and adaptable on the field, Simpson's sharp change of direction and swift footwork help him fully utilize his large hands, grabbing any ball coming his way. The Bolts need to add to their brood and with Simpson's natural athletic skill, the Bolts might step up and bring him to the next level.


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