One of San Diego’s biggest needs heading into the draft was finding front seven players who are adequate at stopping the run. With the early acquisition of Joey Bosa in the first round the Chargers decided to double down on run-stuffers–and Ohio State Buckeyes–by selecting ILB Joshua Perry.
Many viewed Perry as a Day 2 selection prior to the draft, so the Chargers are getting great value here if nothing else. Perry projects to be a two-down linebacker in the NFL while being subbed out on obvious pass downs. He provides San Diego with another thumper in the middle alongside Denzel Perryman.
Realistically, we are looking at a player who will contribute on special teams most in his rookie season. I’d be shocked if he was involved in more than 25 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season. However, if his coverage skills develop nicely as the year progresses, we could be looking at a Manti Te’o replacement if they decide to let him walk in free agency next year.
Another interesting scenario, which was brought up on twitter, was the idea that the Chargers might be switching to a 4-3 scheme. This would involve Perry, Te’o, and Perryman at LB and Bosa, Mebane, Liuget, and either Ingram or Attaochu subbing out at the DE spot. Even though I doubt that is the case, it is an interesting proposition none the less.
Overall, I’d give this pick an A- because of the value you are getting in the fourth round as well as the need at ILB depth. A nice pick by Telesco, who is quietly garnering a conservative, yet effective draft class.