Chargers: Defensive tackles they would have had to move up for
The draft went a little differently than expected, and instead of a run on offensive linemen, NFL teams went after defensive tackles, which forced many top-tier draft offensive tackles and guards to fall to the Chargers later on.
There were five defensive tackles taken ahead of Tillery. They are:
- Quinnen Williams, third overall: 103 run defense snaps, 155 pass rush snaps. 11 solo tackles, 11 run stops, two sacks, six pressures. 67.3 grade overall.
- Ed Oliver, ninth overall: 115 run defense snaps, 172 pass rush snaps. 10 solo tackles, seven run stops, one sack, 16 pressures. 63.3 grade overall.
- Christian Wilkins, 13th overall: 186 run defense snaps, 126 pass rush snaps. 17 solo tackles, 12 run stops, one sack, 10 pressures. 58.2 grade overall.
- Dexter Lawrence, 17th overall: 163 run defense snaps, 202 pass rush snaps. 13 solo tackles, 15 run stops, three sacks, 16 pressures. 80.8 grade overall.
- Jeffery Simmons, 19th overall: 49 run defense snaps, 53 pass rush snaps. Seven solo tackles, six run stops, one sack, five pressures. 80.3 grade overall.
All grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.
Most of those five have not been on great teams; Williams and Wilkins, in particular, are on two of the worst all-around rosters in the NFL. This group, on average, has 11.6 solo tackles, 1.6 sacks, and 10.6 pressures on 264.8 snaps. It’s worth noting Simmons made his debut against the Chargers, so the number of snaps is worth monitoring.
How has Tillery fared, then? Hold that thought for one more group: Defensive tackles taken after him.