2. Asmar Bilal, LB
If there is one thing that we know for certain about LA Chargers general manager Tom Telesco it is that he loves Notre Dame’s football program and loves taking Fighting Irish players. Telesco has drafted a prospect from Notre Dame in four of the last five years, including this year with Alohi Gilman.
Gilman was not enough to give Telesco his Notre Dame kick and the team signed Gilman’s teammate, linebacker Asmar Bilal. Bilal has a chance to make the roster not just because he is coming from South Bend, but because he could be a depth option in a position that may need it as well as a special teamer.
Bilal did not stand out much in college, although he did show great glimpses on film. He is an undersized backer that did not get a lot of chances in pass coverage, but for the most part, held his own when covering running backs in pass coverage.
Bilal was someone who attacked the ball and something that I really liked about him while watching tape was his play recognition as well as his closeout speed on ball carriers.
He likely won’t see any playing time in the defense unless people get hurt but he is someone who reliable enough to be a depth option at linebacker and has the tools to be a special teams contributor as well.