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3 Draft Choices at Defensive Tackle


It’s no secret the Chargers need to sure up the defensive front in the draft. They didn’t do a whole lot in that respect in free agency. There aren’t a ton of defensive tackles left on the market. Now that free agency is starting to simmer down, it’s time to really think about May 8th, Draft Day.The draft is teeming with defensive line talent. The Chargers need to dive into it, and early. Here are 3 candidates for the Chargers, putting into account the likelihood of the player being available when San Diego is on the clock:

1. Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

This is a no-brainer. Yes he has injury and weight concerns, but what draft choice doesn’t bring some level of concern? He plugs up holes. He makes plays. He has a high ceiling. The dude is 6’2″ 331lbs, a monster. His 2013 season was plagued by injuries, but he was dominant when he was healthy in 2012. And not to mention, the Irish don’t usually play a bunch of cupcakes. Nix has lined up across the offensive lines of USC, Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Alabama. He has faced many NFL prospects. He is battle tested. He had 5 tackles in their National Title Game against Alabama. If he can stay healthy, he will produce.

2. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

A physical specimen at 6’6″, 310lbs, Hageman can make his presence known on any given play. Hageman played in the Big 10 Conference and unlike Nix, he has a great sample size to look at in his 2013 season. With 38 tackles, 13 for loss, 2 sacks and an interception to boot, he had a productive season in a tough, old-school, smash-mouth conference. He has experience as a nose tackle and also as a lineman in a 4 man front. Two of his best games last year were against Michigan and Wisconsin, he will produce when it counts.

3. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

A versatile player, he could be a nice fit for Pagano’s defense. He isn’t your typical 1,000 pound freight train that sometimes exist in the middle of big-time college football defensive lines. He is athletic. He’s had 19.5 sacks the past 2 years combined and racked up over 100 tackles in his Notre Dame career. He produces. The Chargers can use him all across the line. He is big and quick. He has big upside and the Chargers could use another athlete in the front 7.

 

 

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I want Hageman, play him NT then when we switch it up play him DT also they used him that way at Minnesota why not here? Love that he’s a huge monster and not a fat slow tub of goo.

    What time are the comp picks released today?

    • Sergio Quintero

      Out of the scouting reports I have read, Hageman is seen as 5 tech DE in the chargers scheme, he’s to tall and not big enough (in the lbs department) by consequence plays to high to stand up to 2 blockers, NT by definition tend to be 6’4 or shorter (low center of gravity) and weigh more than 320 lbs.

      He’s a possibility but he doesn’t tend to be associated with the group who can play NT: Nix, Ellis (LTech), Kerr (Delaware), Jones (Penn State).

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I’ve read that too, but the guy did play NT so it’s not like he couldn’t ever play there. I just like him over Nix even though Nix is the true NT

        • Sergio Quintero

          Until proven otherwise I think the chargers are going to draft a corner, I made my peace with either Verrett/Fuller or maybe Dennard drops to them.

          I think they like Lissemore, much like they like Clary.

          • Julien Bélair

            my top 5 right now is Nix, Dennard, Verrett, Su’a Filo, Fuller (of course Gilbert before all of them)

          • Sergio Quintero

            I think 2 OLB are ahead of Su’a filo at this point, I keep seeing Barr fall in the mocks I consistenly see him at pick 16-20 now, if he fall to 25 I would draft him, pass rush is the best secondary, plus Freeney & Johnson are leaving after the season.

            The other who is in the cluster is Ford, he’s behind the corners and Nix, but that burst is for real.

          • Julien Bélair

            I just don’t like Barr and even at 25 I don’t want him.

            I really like ford too but Su’a Filo would be our starting LG for the next 10 years and we have a need at the position. If he is there and all the guys I mentioned are gone then I think it is smarter to draft him instead of a rotational player

          • Sergio Quintero

            I want to see any sign that Clary isn’t their guy, you don’t draft a guard to backup Clary in the first round. For some inexplicable reason they love Clary.

          • Julien Bélair

            If we draft Su’a Filo Clary is gone before june 1st for sure

          • Sergio Quintero

            If they do Clary should be gone, but Clary is the energizer bunny he keeps staying, I expect something like a guard (OT that can play guard is a possibility) somewhere between round 2-5 me personally.

          • Julien Bélair

            unless Martin is there then it is a no brainer

          • C.Steele

            I’ve made my peace with those being the probable selections as well.

      • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

        Isn’t height the issue w/ Geathers too??

        • Sergio Quintero

          Geather is little taller than most NT’s at 6’5, but he weighs over 340 lbs. The big negative on Geathers actually seems to be his maturity, out of what I read his interviewed as poorly as any prospect in the draft moving him from 3-4 round rating to undrafted, if they can get him to grow up and take his craft seriously they might have something, just consider he wasn’t even the starter at Georgia and still left to chase the bucks.

          • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

            Let’s all hope he gets it in gear… If that DL can become solid, it’ll make every1 else on the D shine

  • Nick Mansoor

    Tuitt > Nix

    Nuff said

    • Julien Bélair

      Tuitt is not NT

      • Nick Mansoor

        I know, I would transfer him if he can bulk up a bit

        • Julien Bélair

          the transfert Liuget and put Tuitt at DE

          • Nick Mansoor

            Oooohhh that’s better idea. I like.

          • Julien Bélair

            ;)

  • Derek

    hageman’s floor is garay. he’s played against tougher comp and succeeded. also grabbing him in the early 2nd (he wont make it to 50th pick) means we traded down and got more for our buck (ideal) or stayed put n gave up latter picks for impact players. tuitt looks like he’ll be cam thomas in the middle. he doesnt have the proven strength there. 3-4 end might be his only fit unless 4-3 but we dont need a player his caliber there. we need a nose. then we can find depth ends.

  • Julien Bélair

    the only true NT there is NIx… he is a beast just draft him already :P

    • Sergio Quintero

      The 2 teams I expect to consider him before the chargers are the bears (161 rushing yards per game allowed, and 5.3 per carry you have to), and the Steelers (they have to replace Casey Hampton).

      • Julien Bélair

        You’re right! I hope he will be there

      • vct

        Just one team, Steelers will go with Thomas lol.

        • Sergio Quintero

          It wont take long for them to figure out, “man this 340 lbs guy, sure gets pushed around a lot, and beaten by one guy”.

          Its either safety,Wr, or NT for those guys in the first round in my opinion.

  • Paul Fournier

    The only guy you suggested to play NT that fits is Nix. Tuitt is a 3-4 DE and Hageman is probably better suited to play 4-3 DT than 3-4 DE but definitely not a NT. The best prospect in this draft for a 3-4 NT is Justin Ellis from La. Tech. 6-2 335 gets great push and can occupy blockers and stuff the middle. Check him out on youtube. Nix is not a first round talent in my opinion, but might be picked there. I’d much rather have Dee Ford or Kyle Fuller at 25.