J.R. Tolver (Getty Images)
Sleeper picks, many a time, a team has had very few, or just that one that has stood out all thru camp, was not a very high draft pick, or maybe not even drafted at all, Then he plays like he wants it, he practices harder, stays longer, hits the weights, watches films, talks to the Vets, Asks Questions of the coaches and learns.
San Diego State University has been home to quite a few Professional Football alumni, SDSU has been home to some of the best receivers and running backs in the NFL some headed towards the Hall of Fame like Marshall Faulk others were big time receivers like Darnay Scott and Webster Slaughter.
This year might be the year for SDSU seniors, there are quite a few players that are coming out that can will most likely make a name for themselves in the coming years in the NFL, and I would just like to Profile a few of them. Some of the more prominent seniors and the potential they might have in if drafted by the San Diego Chargers. I would like to start out with the Aztecs record breaking receiving duo of J.R. Tolver and Kassim Osgood.
Tolver is a Three time all Mountain West Conference Wide out, he played in 13 games this year had 128 receptions for 1785 yards averaging 13.9 yards a catch with 13 TD’s, He Broke SDSU’s all time Receiving record and the Mountain West Record. He also is among the top 10 in NCAA single season marks; he was 7th in Catches and fourth in yards. Tolver has breakaway speed and leaping abilities, he is 6’2 205 pounds. He is capable of making a name for himself as a very good #2 or a #1 someday in the NFL; he has great work habits and team oriented.
How could he help the Chargers?
Tolver has the capabilities for breaking away from defenders and going deep or sure enough hands to catch crossing routes and break away from the defenders. The Chargers need that deep threat sure handed receiver and Tolver is very capable of being that threat and could be available to the Chargers in the 3rd and 4th rounds. He is a John Butler type of Player and pick.
Kassim Osgood only played one year in an Aztec uniform and it was huge, he transferred from Cal Poly in 2001 where he was a preseason favorite to be All-American. As a sophomore at Cal Poly he led the Nation in receiving yards and was second with 125.2 yards receiving per game and 6th with 7.6 yards a catch. Set an NCAA I-AA record with 376 yards receiving against Northern Iowa. He Transferred to SDSU in 2001 and played his first and last season last year, He along with receiving mate J.R. Tolver Broke the NCAA record for best receiving duo. At SDSU he finished the year with 108 catches for 1552 yards, average 14.4 yards a catch, and 8 touchdowns. Osgood is 6’5 210 pounds and started out his career as a defensive back at Cal Poly. Osgood was voted in as All Mountain West wideout along with J.R Tolver this year.
How could he help the Chargers?
Just like with Tolver the Chargers are looking for a receiver who could have the potential for a number 2 or a Number 1, Osgood has breakaway speed and soft hands; he has the potential, in my opinion, to be a Terrell Owens type receiver, he is big and fast and can be a true sleeper in this league and huge benefit For the team. Osgood could be available to the Chargers in the 3rd to 4th rounds. He is a John Butler type of player and pick.
Akbar Gbaja-Biamilla has the potential to be the biggest sleeper of all in the NFL; he played Defensive Tackle but can also play End. He had 5 sacks in 13 games and 26 tackles for a Loss he had 1 QB hurry. Gbaja-Biamilla stands 6’5 275 pounds is smallish for an NFL tackle but is quick enough to play end. He is capable of having an outstanding career jut like his brother Kabeer in Green Bay. He missed all of last year after tearing an Achilles heel in the first game against Arizona State.
How can help the Chargers?
Gbaja-Biamilla has the potential for growth and an excellent work habit, he would be a great pick up to be groomed behind Wiley or Johnson at Defensive end, or put a little more weight on to be speedy tackle for the Chargers, His true potential would be to play at End where he could use his quickness and speed against Bigger offensive lineman. He should be available in the later rounds and the Chargers could not lose picking him up with one of their 6th or 7th round picks or as a Free agent. He is a Marty Schottenheimer defensive player; he plays hard and aggressive and drew a lot of Double teams this year. John Butler could do no wrong with him as a Pick.
The Chargers need a big Play Receiver and a Defensive Tackle or Pass rushing End more then any other position besides kicker in next years draft, Tolver and Osgood have the potential to be Starters right away and make a huge impact. They might be better off to go after Kentucky’s Dewayne Robertson (a junior) for an immediate impact at Defensive Tackle, but Gbaja-Biamilla can grow to be one of the Best ends or Tackles on this Charger team and could be great on special Teams as he learns from Wiley and Johnson. The Chargers can do no wrong with any of the 3 picks that I have reviewed for you. The one with the most upside for the Chargers this year is Osgood, he is the big, tall, and speedy receiver this team needs rights now and could be the best receiver of all in the draft. Let’s see what the Chargers do in the draft and who knows, maybe, just maybe one if not all 3 of these Home Grown sleepers can wake up the Chargers and help them to the playoffs next year.
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