3. Jerry Tillery
Jerry Tillery‘s career has not quite been what fans had hoped for when he was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 2020 season really is a make-or-break year for Tillery in terms of his status as a draft pick.
Can Tillery turn it around and at least be a decent contributor? Or will he continue to commit silly penalties, be poor against the run and simply not have enough good to outweigh the bad? If Tillery does not take that step in 2021 then it is safe to say that he is who he is in the NFL.
He should be getting help as well. Not only is the team likely going to draft an edge rusher in the first three rounds to help beef up the front seven but the team should be taking a defensive tackle late in the draft as well.
How does this help Tillery? Well, it allows the team to properly play him in situations he thrives in and avoid situations that he is not great in. If the Chargers take a defensive tackle it should be someone who is good against the run and even if they are only playing running downs that is fine.
That keeps Tillery off the field in early downs but that is fine. Tillery has been exposed time and time again against the run and at least in this situation, he would be fresher for the snaps that really matter for him.
If Brandon Staley and more help on the defensive line can’t help him then it might be a lost cause.