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A Closer Look at New Chargers DL Darius Philon

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Feb 22, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman Darius Philon runs the 40 yard dash during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers only had 5 draft picks in the draft a month ago. They spent their final pick on Arkansas pass-rusher Darius Philon. He is a stalky 6’1″, 300 pounds. He might not look it, but the kid is athletic. He could make some noise in camp. Perhaps he will make enough noise to contribute early and often this fall.

He is listed as a defensive end but it is likely the Chargers will use him in the interior as well. He might be short but he is quick and can get to the ball.

It is no secret that the Chargers lacked sufficient pass rushers last year. Philon fits in the hybrid 3-4, 4-3 defense or “movement” defense the Chargers like to run. The Bolts don’t need these 6’6″, 310 pound lineman to effectively punish the quarterback. They need quick, smart players. Philon fits the bill.

He started nearly every game he played in his two years for the Razorbacks. He collected 7.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss and 92 tackles total. He was a productive member of a team that consistently played Alabama, LSU and Florida, teams that have fantastic offensive lines.

He does have room to grow physically. A few months of working with guys like Corey Liuget, Melvin Ingram and Kendall Reyes might help fix that.

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