Round 3, pick 91
T. J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
Hopefully, the Chargers tend to the defensive line in the first two rounds and if so, the team will need to look for linebackers. Denzel Perryman suffered a torn hamstring and torn LCL so that forced players like Hayes Pullard and Kyle Emanuel to step up in his place.
Neither of those players is as much or even close to the type of playmaker Perryman is. Unfortunately, we might not have him next year due to injury problems and contract negotiations.
Luckily the Chargers find a gem in Wisconsin’s aggressive tackler and gap plugger, T.J. Edwards.
Edwards recorded 366 total tackles,38 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and 10 interceptions over his four years at the school. If you look at his tape all you will see is great form tackling, scraping down the line of scrimmage to fill the right holes and a high football IQ.
Round 4, pick 123
Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
Obviously, our 2017 first-round pick Derwin James paid off big time. Turning our good defense into one of the top defenses in the league.
The problem is the safety across from James. Jahleel Addae has been a hit or miss player for most of his career. I mean that figuratively and literally.
I’ve watched a lot of film on the Chargers’ defense and over the last two seasons and I couldn’t find a player with more missed tackles than Addae, whether that be from bad angles or diving at the ankles of the ball carriers.
Sheldrick Redwine is a twitchy and aggressive safety that can come down and make a play on a running back or drop back to diagnose the play and make a play on the ball.
He is a physical tackler and is willing and able to take on blockers with the same intensity.
He recorded 164 total tackles, five interceptions, 10 passes defended, and four forced fumbles. He’s able to play the run like Addae but will be able to mold into more of a zone safety with better anticipation.