Chargers: Jerry Tillery vs 2019 NFL Draft class so far
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?