With the 151st pick, the LA Chargers select…
Defensive tackle became less of an urgent need when the team signed Linval Joseph in the offseason. To reaffirm depth though, it’s not a bad idea to take a defensive tackle on day three. Jason Strowbridge is a good candidate for that.
Strowbridge lit up the Senior Bowl and his stock really went up from there. His combine was just OK, but it didn’t really affect his draft stock one way or the other. While he’s listed at defensive end, he’s effectively a defensive tackle that can play on the edge at times. He’s would effectively be a rotational defensive lineman in Gus Bradley’s 4-3 scheme.
He has an explosive first step off of the snap and is great at wrapping up runs pretty quickly. He also has heavy hands and decently sized arms to make plays at the line. If there is a criticism of Strowbridge for me, it’s his lower body movement. Sometimes, his legs can be rigid or slow when trying to react to a blocker. Over time as he trains with NFL talent, his reaction time can improve.
For a player comparison, he reminds me a little bit of Osi Umenyiora with his physicality and ability to jump off of the line. He’s not as polished as Umenyiora was coming out of Troy, but that could be his ceiling on the pro level. Umenyiora was a permanent edge rusher, whereas Strowbridge could probably shift around on the defensive line depending on the situation.