San Diego Chargers: Why Marcus Gilchrist Is a Future Star Cornerback

Camrin BaucomContributor IIISeptember 3, 2011

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Marcus Gilchrist #12 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Marcus Gilchrist, the first of two second-round picks for the San Diego Chargers in the 2011 NFL Draft, has been very impressive this preseason and in training camp.

Gilchrist was the strongest player when having muscle power compared to his size. He bench pressed 225 pounds in 26 reps at 5'10".

That's one buff dude.

After Gilchrist was drafted, I didn't follow him in the news that often, I thought he was just another player on the block looking for a job. Then he appeared in his first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks where everyone got a good look at the rookie cornerback.

In fact, he was a very consistent player this preseason, getting two tackles, three tackles, four tackles and three tackles in each four preseason games, respectively. He also had one pick in the last preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.  

I was inspired that Gilchrist was such a hard-nosed tackler for a cornerback.  

Such guys as Ronde Barber, Antoine Winfield and even Champ Bailey are known for their abilities to make open-field tackles on wide receivers, and Gilchrist looks no different.

Gilchrist is able to go up against most wide receivers and make a play split seconds after a wideout has a chance to get his fingertips on the ball.

Although we have seen a good, consistent performance this preseason from this guy, he still has to wait out Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason for a spot as a starting cornerback. Not to mention all the competition he has around him.

Whenever Quentin Jammer makes a decision to retire, the Chargers can look to Gilchrist to step up, almost like Antoine Cason, who should be skilled enough to take Jammer's spot. 

Gilchrist is on a mission to be one of the best cornerbacks in the league, it's just a matter of time before he gets his chance to shine in the navy blue and gold.