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LA Chargers: Day three defensive lineman targets in the 2020 NFL Draft

By Steven Haglund
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 30: Leki Fotu #99 and Markgraf Keegan #93 of the Utah Utes celebrate their win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 30: Leki Fotu #99 and Markgraf Keegan #93 of the Utah Utes celebrate their win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Khalil Davis, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska

Khalil Davis had a very good combine, along with his brother Carlos, and to be honest, I hadn’t even heard of him until then. All he did in Indianapolis was go out and run a 4.75 40-yard dash while weighing in at 310 pounds. That’s some impressive straight-line speed for the former Cornhusker, and it shows up on tape.

Similar to Baylor, Nebraska also runs a 3-4 scheme and the Davis brothers typically lined up as the defensive ends on a daily basis. Khalil is pretty easily the more disruptive of the two brothers, racking up 19 tackles for loss and eleven sacks over the last two years. Carlos is probably better at taking on double teams and seems to be a bit stronger at the point of attack.

Khalil comes with a very quick first step and then has violent hands that he uses to counter the offensive linemen. He’s actually very polished as a pass rusher. It’s not only because he wore number 94 at Nebraska, but his game actually really reminds me of former Charger Corey Liuget.

If the LA Chargers elect to snag a defensive tackle later on tomorrow, they could do much worse than Khalil Davis.

With the addition of Joseph, who make no mistake about it is a massive upgrade over Brandon Mebane, and the trade up for Murray the Chargers run defense should improve this season. What also needs to improve is their 28th ranked pass rush.

That is the theme of these three players, even Fotu who is considered by many to simply be a run-stuffing defensive tackle has the capability to be a disruptive force on all three downs.

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