Chargers bring in All-Pro linebacker’s brother in for a work out


Everyone is looking toward Casey Matthews as an impact player since his brother Clay Matthews is in the league and is tearing it up. There are hopes that the Chargers go after Casey, but this story is about another brother of an All-Pro linebacker. This story is about DeRon Mayo out of Old Dominion whose brother is Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots.

According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the San Diego Chargers held a work out for DeRon Mayo.

The younger brother of New England Patriots All-Pro linebacker Jerod Mayo, Mayo is a 5-foot-11, 225-pounder with 4.37 speed who has registered a 38-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times.

Mayo played defensive end in college, but with his size, he will probably be asked to play linebacker or even strong safety for an NFL team. He finished the season in Ole Dominion with 70 tackles and led his team with 6 1/2 sacks. He is projected to be a late draft pick or a possible option as an undrafted free agent.

Mayo’s biggest contributions can come in the special teams. He is very athletic, has great speed and has great leaping ability. He was a specialist at blocking punts in college and can be a factor on special teams in the NFL.

Nobody has forgotten the troubles that the Bolts had all last year on special teams. Any player that can contribute on that side of the ball will be able to compete for a roster spot on this team. Former Charger Kassim Osgood has made a career out of being a special teams demon and our special teams have never been the same since he packed up and left. Maybe Mayo can be that monster on special teams for us.

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  • Swift

    Wow, that boy can bench himself 28 times!!

    I would have to agree with the comment about Osgood leaving. His departure was sad for our special teams, and so they were a sad display every time they would file in for a punt or kickoff. I would cringe knowing that the opposing team can run right down the middle of us.

    His departure and the aftermath of it is, in my opinion, comparable to Merriman and his rapid decline with the defense. I would like to get these holes filled.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      great comparison to Merriman and his great DECLINE!! I definitely think that this draft will fill in a lot of holes that we see on the team.

      Hoping for some pass rushing threats on the defense in the first couple of picks

  • killacamron

    We need a special teams savior and if this guy is it I’m all for it. With upside of him being able to do other thinhs due

    This could be an instant upgrade and if he isn’t what would we have lost considering how bad special teams were last year

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      special teams was worse than bad.. ha! we better get that all cleaned up this year. I think the new special teams coach will have it all ready