Los Angeles Chargers: Sam Tevi, Isaac Rochell taken in final rounds of draft
By Travis Wakeman
The Los Angeles Chargers rounded out what many will likely consider a successful draft class by taking two players to bolster each side of the line.
Sam Tevi became the fourth offensive lineman drafted out of Utah this year when the Chargers took him in the sixth round. At 6’5″ and 311 pounds, he’s nother big body the team can plug in on the offensive line.
He began his college career at Utah on the defensive line before converting to the other side of the ball following his freshman season. That move paid off for him, as he was more effective as an offensive lineman.
The Chargers obviously recognized the need to improve the offensive line as general manager Tom Telesco selected three offensive linemen in this draft. Tevi’s versatility should give him a chance to earn a spot on the roster this summer.
In the seventh round, the Chargers went to the defensive line and grabbed Isaac Rochell, who was the team captain at Notre Dame in his senior season.
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He finished his college career with 21 tackles for loss but had just 4.5 sacks. He’s a player with a high motor who the team should get consistent effort out of, but he’s probably just a two-down player or situational guy to start his career unless and until he can refine his ability as a pass rusher.
Both of these picks add depth to the roster, but I wouldn’t expect either guy to make the team this year. If they show enough during camp and preseason games, they’ll both be strong candidates for the practice squad.