SD Conducts Private Visit With Play-making CB

A.J. Smith thought he nabbed Drayton Florence's replacement when he selected Paul Oliver in last year's supplemental draft. However, Oliver failed to earn playing time, so Smith is left to scurry for increased depth. Smith took a step in that direction by holding a private visit with a day-two cornerback who boasts blazing speed and dominant special-teams skills.

Scout.com's Adam Caplan has confirmed the Chargers conducted a private visit with Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick (5'10", 192 pounds). Scandrick has enjoyed a phenomenal offseason since posting eye-popping numbers at the NFL Combine, including back-to-back 4.32 times in the 40-yard dash.

The Chargers are fascinated by Scandrick's ability to contribute on both defense and special teams. He blocked four kicks last season, two of which resulted in Broncos touchdowns, and returned four kickoffs for 78 yards. In San Diego, Scandrick would be expected to earn his keep on special teams while competing for time with Paul Oliver and Cletis Gordon in the nickel and dime packages.

Scandrick has good hips and the ability to break on ball. He has good foot quicks and can plant and drive on the ball underneath. Also, his incredible speed allows him to recover when beaten.


CB Orlando Scandrick
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However, there are reasons Scandrick will likely not hear his name called on day one. He is inconsistent as a wrap-up tackler and is not a big hitter. He has questionable zone awareness and too often found himself out of position. He has the ability to overcome these deficiencies but remains a work in progress.

Scandrick hopes to follow in the footsteps of Gerald Alexander, the Boise State cornerback who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of last year's draft. More likely, he'll hear his name called in round three.

For the Chargers to have a shot, Scandrick would likely have to fall to the bottom of round five. San Diego's only pick before that point is in round one, which is far too soon for Scandrick.

If Scandrick does fall, this would mark the second consecutive season the Bolts select a Broncos star in round five. Last year, the Chargers tabbed WR Legedu Naanee in that same stanza. Naanee went on to have a solid season, supplanting Malcom Floyd in the rotation and finishing with eight receptions and 69 yards in limited playing time.

A.J. Smith liked what they from his last Boise State product. Perhaps, that will be enough to prompt him to go back to the well.

Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.


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