First-Round Prospect Visits the Chargers

The Chargers will host a first-round prospect for a private visit on Thursday and Friday, according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber. This stalwart defender isn't the nose tackle that everyone is clamoring for, but the team's interest in him is no April Fools joke.

Rutgers CB Devin McCourty will visit the Chargers on April 1 and 2, according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber. McCourty (5-foot-11, 186 pounds) is a candidate for the Chargers with the No. 28 overall selection; if the team passes on him then, there's a chance he could be available with the No. 40 overall pick.

SDBoltReport.com's last set of Chargers draft projections had San Diego picking McCourty in the first round. However, the team has since signed former Pro Bowler Nathan Vasher to a two-year deal, which decreases the likelihood of GM A.J. Smith spending his first-round pick on a cornerback.

McCourty shares many traits with San Diego's senior DB, Quentin Jammer. Both are physical players who love to press receivers at the line of scrimmage; both are excellent tacklers; and both contribute on special teams.

Unfortunately, McCourty shares another of Jammer's traits -- he tends to drop catchable balls, which is one of the reasons why he only tallied six interceptions in his 52-game Rutgers career.

Nonetheless, McCourty would present a phenomenal value if he falls to the No. 40 overall pick. Should that happen, the Chargers would give him strong consideration if two other conditions are met: 1) Smith chose a running back in the first round, since there is no way he finds a starting running back outside the top-90 selections; and 2) Smith believes he can find a nose tackle in the third round, such as Central Florida's Torrell Troup or East Carolina's Linval Joseph.

For more on McCourty, check out his complete prospect profile.



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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. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.


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