Chargers second-ranked rookie: Jerry Tillery
There’s only so far a player with only 21 snaps in preseason games can move up a list power ranking rookies. However, Tillery did quite a bit in just a short stint on defense.
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— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 19, 2019
If the Chargers want to justify passing on a tackle or guard in the draft, then Tillery’s sack of the quarterback is exactly what they need to see. On top of a sack, Tillery had a great move cutting down the line of scrimmage and helping make a run stop. He looks explosive, he looks powerful, and what’s more impressive is he looks more technically refined.
Can the rookie defensive tackle keep this up? If so, the pairing of him with Justin Jones should terrify every NFL offense.
Chargers first-ranked rookie: Drue Tranquill
Not only has Drue Tranquill been the most consistent player of the Chargers’ 2019 draft class, but he has easily played the best. His stellar play in preseason games is just an extension of his strong showings in practice, and a fourth-round pick who is already making contribution on special teams and highlight plays on defense is incredibly impressive.
Tranquill has done everything so far. In coverage, he can make an interception. In support, he looks comfortable finding the ball. On special teams, he’s making the key block to allow Troymaine Pope to field a punt for a touchdown.
For now, the class looks average, with the low end featuring rough debuts by Pipkins and injuries to Adderley, with the other positive end two young players on defense who will find immediate roles this season. Egbule and Broughton are progressing nicely, particularly for players selected in the last two rounds of the draft. The true hit-or-miss has been Stick, but at the very least there has been some outstanding plays mixed in with the head-scratchers. If Adderley can finally return to the field, and it’s possible he does this Saturday, the class has the chance to really jump up in overall quality.