Chargers sign safety Rayshawn Jenkins, add punter Toby Baker

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The Los Angeles Chargers have signed their fourth round selection from the 2017 NFL draft in safety Rayshawn Jenkins, as well as signed free agent punter Toby Baker.

Baker had just completed a tryout with Los Angeles, and impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a contract with the team. Meanwhile, Jenkins is the second-to-last player signed from the 2017 NFL draft for the Bolts, with the only player remaining being Chargers rookie guard Dan Feeney.

Here is what L.A. had to say on their roster moves via a press release Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Chargers made several transactions on Wednesday, signing safety Rayshawn Jenkins, the team’s fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, to a four-year contract, while also signing punter Toby Baker.

Jenkins becomes the sixth 2017 draft pick to sign with the team.

Baker, meanwhile, is a 6-3, 210-pound rookie from Arkansas who recently participated in the Chargers’ rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

Baker was the Razorbacks’ featured punter his final two seasons in Fayetteville. He appeared in 26 total games, punting 101 times for 4,340 yards (43.0 avg.) with a long of 60 and 27 punts that sailed beyond 50 yards. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Baker ranked 13th in the nation as a senior in 2016 with a 44.4 yard average.

The Chargers also announced Wednesday that the team has waived tackle Mason Zandi.

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2017 NFL draft: Mel Kiper Jr. gives Chargers an ‘A’ grade

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ESPN’s NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had high praise for the Los Angeles Chargers’ haul in the 2017 draft, giving them an ‘A’ grade.

Los Angeles started out by drafting former Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams, which Kiper thought was a great pick for general manager Tom Telesco stating he got the “top-ranked receiver at No.7” and it was “the Chargers’ top need,” per Kiper.

L.A. did an excellent job at recognizing what the draft had to offer as well as who they had under center, choosing to arm their aging franchise quarterback Philip Rivers to the teeth with protection and weapons. Telesco followed that by upgrading his secondary over the following two days.

In addition to needing a pass catcher, the Bolts needed major help protecting Rivers. Consequently, L.A. grabbed Kiper’s “Nos. 1 and 3 ranked guards in Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney.”

Lastly, the Chargers got it right with former Iowa safety (and projected nickel cornerback in the NFL) Desmond King.

He was another elite college player who slid in the draft likely due to his 4.6 second 40-yard dash. King posted 14 career interceptions, won the Jim Thorpe Award and brings the versatility “to end up at safety or slot corner,” per Kiper — yet fortunately fell into Telesco’s lap in the fifth round.

Kiper was spot on when it came to all of the picks, however, he neglected to discuss how the Chargers failing to address their need on the interior of the defensive line. Given that Kiper penalized other teams for not filling needs in his draft grades, this makes his analysis inconsistent at best.

Los Angeles did pick up former Notre Dame defensive tackle Isaac Rochell in the seventh round, but not many are expecting a seventh-round pick to make much of an impact.

To those people, NFL history has a lesson to teach, as it is a league which constantly sees fourth-to-seventh round players make up the vast majority of their rosters.


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5 things to know about Chargers fourth-round pick S Rayshawn Jenkins

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With the No. 113 overall pick, the Los Angeles Chargers selected former Miami safety Rayshawn Jenkins. Here are five things to know about the new Charger safety.

 

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1. Jenkins is one of 16 siblings

Jenkins has 15 other siblings and has had to grow up fighting for everything he wanted to earn. His upbringing has shown through to the football field, for he has an infectious competitive spirit.

2. A star athlete in high school

Jenkins played safety in college and is expected to do the same in the NFL. However, he was a quarterback in high school and a state track winner in the 110-meter hurdles.

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WATCH: Malik Hooker explode in drills, shows he’s healthy

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If NFL mock drafts were truly a good predictor, former Ohio State safety Malik Hooker would be guaranteed to become a member of the Los Angeles Chargers this Thursday. However, lingering concerns about his health have caused some analysts to reevaluate.

Hooker had surgery prior to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine to repair a torn labrum and hernia after playing the entire season with both injuries.

His recovery stopped him from being able to do drills at the combine, but this recent video shows Hooker is moving just fine, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

A safety absolutely needs to have fluid hips and quick, precise movements in order to be successful at the next level. If not, they risk getting carved up by any receiver and tight end.

As such, seeing Hooker look explosive and fluid should be an encouraging sign to both the Chargers and their fans.


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Chargers swing big in latest 3-round mock draft

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The 2017 NFL Draft is just three days away, and the decisions made April 27-29 in Philadelphia will impact the Los Angeles Chargers’ future for years to come.

While the Bolts can hardly afford to miss high drafts this year, they also can’t expect to play it safe and improve a five-win team by much.

As such, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco swings for the fences in our latest three-round mock draft.

 

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Round 1: Trade Down

The Chargers should look to take advantage of quarterback-hungry teams.

Everyone knows the Cleveland Browns want to get former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and/or North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky. However, the Buffalo Bills at no. 10 might stop Trubisky from falling to Cleveland at no. 12.

Therefore, Los Angeles should look to use Cleveland’s fear against them, swapping their first-round pick with the Browns in exchange for Cleveland’s no. 33 overall pick.

Now, Los Angeles gets one extra draft pick to fill their many needs and the Browns get their quarterback of the future.

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Western Michigan DE Keion Adams visits Chargers

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Former Western Michigan Broncos linebacker/defensive end Keion Adams visited the Los Angeles Chargers recently, according to NFL Draft Diamonds.

Adams is a former three-sport athlete in high school, who is explosive while wielding his repertoire of pass-rush moves in a fashion that could net stout NFL results.

Adams is only 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, which is very light for an every down defensive end or outside linebacker in the league.

His lack of size creates concerns for him in the running game. Larger offensive linemen will be able to bully him around which could make it difficult for him to set the edge in the run game.

There are also some character concerns surrounding Adams that could see him fall completely out of the draft, per CBS Sports’ draft projections.


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