"There's no way we can draft another DB, we've already got three firsts and a second back there," said one of the scouts, referring to former first-round picks Antonio Cromartie, Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer and second-rounder Eric Weddle.
CB Cletis Gordon
Their assessment is that Gordon is a player who needs a lot of repetitions to be successful. Without significant playing time, he loses confidence in his skills and second-guesses himself on the field.
Presumably, that is why Gordon was the top backup behind Jammer and Cromartie, leaving Cason locked into the nickel back role. If Gordon is going to play, the team wants to make sure he gets ample repetitions to build up his confidence.
Gordon was forced to play heavily in the second half of the playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers when Jammer left with a leg injury. Unprepared for the larger role, Gordon struggled mightily.
Another example of Gordon's lack of confidence came during one game earlier this season, when Gordon properly diagnosed a play but hesitated before breaking on the ball, allowing the offense to make an easy completion. When asked why he hesitated, Gordon replied: "I wasn't sure."
The Chargers coaches stay on top of Gordon, constantly reminding him to trust his instincts and that he is on the team for a reason.
This is not to insinuate the Chargers are frustrated with Gordon, because that is far from the truth. Both of the aforementioned scouts stressed that -- with a little polish -- Gordon can be an elite corner. The scouts touted his hands, speed and athleticism.
"If he comes around, that would make four really solid cornerbacks," the scout said.