Chargers Draft

Chargers: Jerry Tillery vs 2019 NFL Draft class so far

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers dives past Thomas Davis #58 and Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 3, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) Chargers won 26-11.
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers dives past Thomas Davis #58 and Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 3, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) Chargers won 26-11.
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SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 29: K.J. Costello #3 of the Stanford Cardinal is sacked by Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 29, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 29: K.J. Costello #3 of the Stanford Cardinal is sacked by Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 29, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Chargers: Defensive tackle options after 28

Not every defensive tackle will be covered here, and as the draft goes on, one may find more run-stuffers than pass-rushing defensive tackles. So while someone like Greg Gaines could be included, he’s more of a run-stopping defensive tackle and has just 14 pass-rushing snaps on the year.

This segment will include defensive tackles with at least 50 pass rush snaps so far this season. And they are:

  • Dre’Mont Jones, 71st overall (third round): 26 run defense snaps, 127 pass rush snaps. One solo tackle, one run stop, no sacks, 12 total pressures. 66.1 grade overall.
  • Khalen Saunders, 84th overall (third round): 100 run defense snaps, 83 pass rush snaps. Eight solo tackles, seven run stops, one sack, two total pressures. 47.8 grade overall.

That’s the list.

Most defensive tackles taken after Tillery have not been given any kind of meaningful snaps so far this season, whether it be due to injury or a lack of snaps due to depth chart placement. The only two eligible defensive tackles, Jones and Saunders, have more than 50 pass rush snaps. The goal was to eliminate pure run-stuffing players, since Tillery was drafted to rush the passer.

So, now, to Tillery himself. How has he fared this season, and how does he compare to other members of his draft class at the same position?

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