Bolts Request Private Workout With Cornerback

The Chargers coaching staff reportedly set up a personal workout session with a top cornerback prospect after witnessing his moving show at the NFL Combine. Gaging the hole that needs to be plugged in the secondary, the Bolts wonder how much this athlete's amazing speed, strength and versatility would flourish in a Chargers jersey.

After a striking performance in Indy, Tyvon Branch (5'11", 204 pounds) of Connecticut is surfacing as a top-notch draft prospect. The Bolts reportedly orchestrated a private workout with Branch, hoping for a closer look at the rising star.

Branch showcased his speed in Indy, recording a 4.31-second 40-yard dash that tied him for first place among his position and marked the second-fastest time overall. His 21 bench press reps placed him in second place among all cornerbacks.

Branch was a constant playmaker his senior year as a Huskie. While he played at both cornerback and safety, he also starred as a kick returner. Using his elite bursts of speed, Branch returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Branch has an athletic build and is an instinctive defender in coverage. He has the knack for tracing the quarterback's eyes and bursts at top speed once the ball is released to make the interception. He's also strong in run defense.

The Bolts noted Branch's versatility to transition back to safety, which makes him even more fascinating. With the shuffling of the Bolts secondary, his impact on the field would rightfully be valued.

With Drayton Florence gone and Paul Oliver still unproven, the Bolts anticipate a need in their nickel defense. Since FS Marlon McCree has been released from the team, another hole is presented in the secondary.

Branch could not only build depth behind the cornerbacks, but he could also be utilized as a safety depending upon where the Bolts decide to place Oliver. Combined with his kickoff return success, there are a number of opportunities to contribute for Branch if he winds up calling Qualcomm Stadium home.


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