Chargers Draft

Chargers: Defensive players from the Senior Bowl American Team to watch

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 12: Ifeatu Melifonwu #2 of the Syracuse Orange breaks up a pass intended for Dyami Brown #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first quarter of their game at Kenan Stadium on September 12, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 12: Ifeatu Melifonwu #2 of the Syracuse Orange breaks up a pass intended for Dyami Brown #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first quarter of their game at Kenan Stadium on September 12, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Quincy Roche, OLB

Quincy Roche is a name that I would get familiar with. If new head coach Brandon Staley brings the 3-4 defense that he has worked with throughout his entire career with him to the LA Chargers then Quincy Roche becomes a great fit for the Chargers in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Roche is the ideal outside linebacker to target in the draft, however, he is someone who could really climb up the NFL Draft big board with a great showing in the Senior Bowl, so perhaps the Chargers should want him to play poorly.

Pro Football Focus currently ranks Roche as the 100th prospect on their big board and he projects to be a late third-round, early fourth-round pick in the draft if it were to happen tomorrow.

Roche is a well-rounded edge, which is exactly what the LA Chargers need on this defense. As of right now, the team is really lacking in OLB depth aside from Uchenna Nwosu. Joey Bosa and Kenneth Murray could both play some OLB, sure, but the Chargers need a traditional OLB that they can play at the position and develop.

Roche is that guy. He is good enough both in pass rushing and run defense to be an every-down starter right out of college and while he may need some help in NFL pass coverage, I am confident that Staley could make the most out of his skill set.

If the Chargers stay with a 4-3 defense then Roche is essentially off the board. I do not think he projects well to be an even-front defensive edge, at least not well enough to spend a third-round pick on.

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