Second Round, No. 48 overall: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of this pick. I just felt like a defensive tackle like B.J. Hill or Derrick Nnadi or Harrison Phillips (all three were still on the board) would have been better choices. After having a couple of days to think about it, it doesn’t seem as bad. I feel that after the team landed James, it felt like it had some wiggle room to make a variety of different picks.
Uchenna Nwosu fits the athletic, aggressive approach the Chargers are looking for on defense, but he’s not as fast as you’d like a guy picked at No. 48 overall to be and I see him as more of an edge rusher than a guy who is going to come in and clean up the run defense.
I may end up eating some of my words in regards to this guy, but I’m willing to do that.
Third round, No. 84 overall: Justin Jones, DT, North Carolina State
North Carolina State had a nasty defensive line last season, and all four of them were selected in this draft. Justin Jones will be tabbed as the run-stuffing defensive tackle of the future as Brandon Mebane is heading toward the end of his career and he will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, as will backup defensive tackle Damion Square.
The Chargers will likely call Jones’ number often this season, especially with Corey Luiget scheduled to miss the first four games of the season due to suspension.
He’s strong at the point of attack and has a chance to see significant playing time as a rookie, but taking him in the third round was probably at least a round too early.