COSTA MESA, Calif. -- With the combine concluded, attention in the NFL in terms of the draft has shifted to college pro days.
A couple to watch for in the coming weeks include the University of Washington pro day on Saturday, where nose tackle Vita Vea will go through his workout.
All eyes will be on quarterback Josh Rosen at UCLA’s pro day, scheduled for Thursday. And the attention will shift to Sam Darnold at USC’s pro day on March 21. Others to watch for as far as the Chargers go include linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and running back Ronald Jones.
I will try to attend both of those events.
Other pro days to keep an eye on this month include Virginia Tech’s pro day (LB Tremaine Edmunds) on Wednesday and Florida State’s pro day (Derwin James) on March 20th. You can check out a full list of the pro days here.
That said, let’s take a look at two questions from this week’s mailbag.
How about how likely the chargers are to pursue Richard Sherman?— Andre Hascall (@Hascall_43) March 9, 2018
@eric_d_williams: Many of you wanted to know about the possibility of Richard Sherman joining the Chargers, with the Seattle Seahawks releasing the talented cornerback on Friday.
Sherman talked about his future in this conversation with Gee Scott of ESPN 710 radio in Seattle.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that Sherman has received preliminary interest from the San Francisco 49ers, the Tennessee Titans, the Detroit Lions, the Oakland Raiders, the Houston Texans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers.
While the Chargers are not on that initial list, one oddsmaker placed the Bolts as a top five potential destination for Sherman.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Sherman already is in the Bay Area meeting with the 49ers on Saturday. That makes sense. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was a defensive quality control coach with the Seattle Seahawks, and 49ers general manager John Lynch has always been admirer of Sherman as a player and a person.
It also gives Sherman a chance to stay in the familiar NFC West and play against the Seahawks twice a year.
The connections for Sherman with the Chargers are obvious. He'd get a chance to return to his hometown of Los Angeles and play for his former defensive coordinator from Seattle in Gus Bradley.
I covered the Seahawks for Sherman's first four years in the league. He's the smartest and most instinctive player I've ever been around on a daily basis. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he could play all seven positions in the back end defensively and intimately knows Bradley's scheme.
Sherman's a willing mentor for younger players and his ultra-competitiveness will make everyone better in practice and games. Sherman also has a lot of respect for quarterback Philip Rivers as a player.
At 29 years old and coming off Achilles tendon surgery, Sherman's health certainly is an issue. However, former Chargers team doctor David Chao says that's a non-factor and the Stanford product should have a healthy return to the field.
While some things line up, bottom line is the Chargers do not need a cornerback. They have to sign Casey Hayward to a contract extension and have another Pro Bowl cornerback in Jason Verrett expected to make a healthy return to the field.
If Verrett plays to his potential in 2018, the Chargers will have to find a way to sign him to a new deal during the 2019 offseason. And the Chargers have two more talented, young cornerbacks in Trevor Williams and Desmond King.
Perhaps if Sherman was interested in moving to safety a deal could make sense, but his value in the league is as a shutdown corner in a Cover 3 scheme. San Francisco seems like a perfect fit.
Any chance of picking up Alan Branch?— that1guynoah (@noelthec) March 9, 2018
@eric_d_williams: Alan Branch does have some familiarity with Bradley’s scheme from his time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011 and 2012.
He also won two Super Bowls during his four years with the New England Patriots, so he knows what it takes to have success in the league.
Chargers head coach Antony Lynn mentioned he would potentially look to free agency first to find defensive linemen that could improve his team.