Round 6 (191st overall): Ade Aruna, Edge, Tulana
You can’t have enough pass rushers, especially when one of your better ones (Chris McCain) is no longer on the team.
The Nigerian native didn’t play football until his senior year in high school. Ade Aruna then became a three-year starter for the Green Wave. His best season came in 2016, when he racked up 43 total tackles, including 10 for loss, five sacks and one forced fumble. However, he only had 24 total tackles and three sacks last year. Scouts say it was due to a scheme change.
Despite the lack of production (12 sacks in four years), Aruna, who has experience playing defensive end in both a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme, has the potential to become a pass-rushing threat. He is pretty flexible and shows power and burst to beat his man. He also doesn’t quit until the play is over. He has ideal size (6-foot-5, 262 pounds with 34-inch arms and 10 5/8-inch hands) and is very athletic. He ran a solid 4.6 40 at the combine, fifth-best among edge rushers who participated. He also killed it in the vertical (38.5 inches, second-best).
Even though Aruna is raw and faced easier competition, he has the traits to shine at the next level. Utah’s Kylie Fitts is another guy I like here, but he’s dealt with injuries the past two seasons.
Round 7 (251st overall): Mike McCray, LB, Michigan
The Chargers already added a linebacker with their selection of Evans in the first round, but given Perryman’s durability issues, adding more depth at inside linebacker is important.
Michigan’s Mike McCray falls because of a slow 40 (4.76 seconds), past injuries (missed entire 2015 season due to shoulder issue) and liabilities in coverage; Chargers DB Desmond King fell to the fifth round just because of his speed..
A fifth-year senior and two-year starter (26 starts), McCray earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in both 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he finished with 75 total tackles, including 13 for loss, six pass deflections, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions (one pick-six) and one forced fumble. Last season, McCray, who was voted a team captain by his teammates, had the most solo tackles (46), second-most total tackles (83), third-most tackles for loss (17) and tied for the fourth-most sacks (five) for Michigan. He was also the defensive captain at the Senior Bowl, a game in which he was PFF’s highest-graded linebacker.
The 6-foot-1, 243-pounder will add size and power on the second level. He is also considered a sure tackler. He’s not an athlete and will get exposed in coverage, but the Chargers are getting a solid and passionate player at a position of need.