Oct 19, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) is injured as he is sacked by Tennessee Volunteers defensive lineman Marlon Walls (58) and defensive lineman Daniel McCullers (98) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 23-21. Mandatory Credit:Jim Brown
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One of the biggest tasks this offseason for the San Diego Chargers is to fill the hole that has been left at nose tackle. Cam Thomas took over the starting job this year and didn’t produce up to the standards that were necessary. Aubrayo Franklin plugged in the hole for a season, but we allowed him to walk away in free agency.
The key to a good 3-4 defense is the anchor in the middle. The big man at the nose tackle position that gets all the dirty work done and none of the glory. The man that can eat up a couple of blockers and allow his teammates to get the job done. The Chargers have not had that guy since Jamal Williams. We need to find a new man for the job that can hold down the position for years.
With the Senior Bowl coming up on Saturday, the Chargers should keep their eyes on big Tennessee Nose Tackle Daniel McCullers. McCullers stepped in for weigh-ins today and measuered in at 6-foot-6 and 348 pounds with a wingspan of 85 inches. The man is massive!
McCullers is projected to be one of the top nose tackles in the draft. He is a massive man in the middle and can clog it up, but he has to show some consistency. He is still raw and will have to find a way to get leverage with his size on every polay. If he is drafted, he might need some time to develop into a good nose tackle. Is it worth spending a 2nd round draft pick on someone that will need some time to develop? I would rather have someone that can make an impact immediately.