Chargers Agree to Terms with Five Draft Picks

#1 von huangjian123 , 04.12.2018 03:00

As of Friday morning Youth Melvin Ingram Jersey , the Chargers have officially signed five of their seven draft picks from the 2018 NFL Draft to four-year contracts.The rookies that signed were LB Uchenna Nwosu, LB Kyzir White, G/C Scott Quessenberry, WR Dylan Cantrell, and RB Justin Jackson. Although S Derwin James and DT Justin Jones have yet to sign, all seven rookies are expected to participate in rookie minicamp, which starts today.Nwosu, a 6-foot-3, 251-pound linebacker out of USC, is expected to contend for the OTTO position in the defense with incumbent LB Kyle Emanuel. Scouts fell in love with his quickness off the snap and his ability to finish tackles behind the line of scrimmage. In college, Nwosu racked up 168 tackles, 20.5 for loss, 20 passes defensed, and 12.5 sacks during his 53-game career.White, the Bolt’s fourth-round selection out of West Virginia, is a versatile athlete that played a hybrid linebacker/safety role during his time as a Mountaineer. He will likely end up in a similar position for the Chargers as the team preferred to stay in Dime/Nickel packages for the majority of defensive snaps which saw S Adrian Phillips fill in at an LB spot closer to the line of scrimmage. White stands at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds which would be a solid size upgrade as opposed to Phillips’ 200-pound frame. White was a sticky tackler in college and showed that in his final year as he totaled 94 tackles, 7.5 for loss, three picks , and two forced fumbles.The selection of Quessenberry in the fifth round is a fun story as he grew up a die-hard Chargers fan and is getting the chance to don former center Nick Hardwick’s #61 jersey. “Q-Berry” started all 13 games in 2017 and provides some nice interior line depth behind expected starters Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney, and Mike Pouncey.Sixth-round selection Dylan Cantrell was one of my favorite picks from this draft as I fell in love with his body-control and jump-ball ability. At 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds, Cantrell offers versatility as a red-zone threat or as a move-TE that head coach Anthony Lynn can use as a mismatch against smaller defensive backs and slower linebackers. In his final year at Texas Tech, Cantrell collected 71 catches for 816 yards and seven touchdowns.Lastly, Justin Jackson comes to Los Angeles after becoming the leading rusher in Northwestern history. With his 5,440 career rushing yards, Jackson also became one of only nine players in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his four years played. In 2017, the 6-foot-0, 199-pound workhorse was named to the All-Big Ten Second-Team after rushing for 1,311 yards and 11 touchdowns.Surge or Static: Have a day, Rookies! Man, does it feel good to write this up following a win, and after a pretty solid one, at that.The Chargers came out and, at least in the first half, did what everyone expected of them. Putting up four touchdowns and strolling into halftime with a 28-6 lead that they would never relinquish. We are only two games into the 2018 regular season and the Chargers’ rookie class has already exceeded most people’s short-term expectations. On a defense full of play-makers Tyrell Williams Jersey , it seems like the only ones making splash plays have been the newest of Chargers up to this point.Are you a fan of foreshadowing? Because if so.....SurgedS Derwin James / LB Uchenna Nwosu / LB Kyzir WhiteHoly Shmoley...did you guys see what these rookies did on Sunday?If you didn’t let me throw out the dirty stats for you:White - 4 total tackles, 3 passes defensed (led team), and an interception that helped shut down Buffalo’s late momentum.Nwosu - 3 total tackles, a tackle-for-loss, and his first career sack which came after he logged just two snaps against the Chiefs in week one.James - 8 total tackles (led team), a sack (leads the team with two) , and a pair of tackles-for-loss.If you throw on the tape, you would actually see several plays where James should have had another sack or two. In the first quarter, James penetrated so fast on a blitz that he tackled Bills quarterback Josh Allen before he had a chance to hand off to LeSean McCoy. Due to the play being a run by design, James was only credited with a tackle-for-loss.Later in the game, James and Nwosu committed a rookie blunder at the same time as they both whiffed on a “gimme” sack of Allen.Although this play might incur some cringes from the audience, it luckily didn’t define their play on Sunday.Overall, it was a stellar performance from this rookie trio. Both the coaching staff and fan base should excited as hell about these guys, regardless of how small the sample size is.WR Mike WilliamsAlthough he had just two targets against the Bills, Williams did everything he could to maximize his limited opportunities.On his first catch of the game, Williams caught his first touchdown of his career. The play, as we would later find out, was drawn up specifically for Williams when the team got into the red zone. Williams pulled in a beautiful pass by Philip Rivers Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey , holding on to the ball while getting smashed between two Buffalo defenders before he hit the ground. For fans, this was exactly what everyone has been waiting to see from last year’s first-round pick.His second and last target of the day was a catch for a first down where Williams lost his helmet due to contact, showing once again what he can do with his large, powerful frame.StaticMelvin Gordon (as a runner)CALM DOWN!I made this one highly-specific because there weren’t really a ton of poor performances in this game for the Chargers but it’s still a large enough problem that can’t be ignored.For what I believe to be the first time in their time together, Austin Ekeler received more carries than Gordon in a game. Also, in what shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody, Ekeler was once again much more efficient with his carries as he took his 11 carries for 77 yards while Gordon managed just 28 yards on nine carries. Take out his touchdown run of 20 yards and Gordon averaged just one yard per carry.Thankfully, due to his elevated prowess as a receiver and his nose for the endzone, Gordon was able to doll-up his performance against the Bills but those who dig deeper will still uncover a problem that Gordon hasn’t been able to shake, even in his fourth year as a pro.DT Brandon MebaneMebane’s place under “Static” is not so much for his performance taking a step back, but for the fact that it’s been far too long since he showed any signs of taking a step forward. Week after week the observations and comments about Mebane’s play remain roughly the same.“He gives up ground far too often.”“He can’t hold his ground anymore.”“He offers no penetration.”Over and over these statements are recyled and I can’t help but think “the writing is on the wall” for the veteran. Mebane’s poor performance is only highlighted by the elevated play of the youngsters around him. This year’s third-round pick, defensive tackle Justin Jones, flashed the ability to collapse the pocket and create pressure up the middle.Who else do you guys think surged forward with their play on Sunday? Who do you think stayed static, or even took some steps back? Let’s talk about it.

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