This time the San Diego Chargers themselves were the one to break the news on who their selection would be...
With the 153rd overall pick, the Chargers select OLB Kyle Emanuel from North Dakota St. #ChargersDraft— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) May 2, 2015
Kyle Emanuel was taken right around where he was projected, but he's a pretty great fit for what the Chargers are looking for.
Emanuel is a "high motor" player that makes the effort plays, and he has the skillset to be a talented pass-rusher as well. What he lacks is the size and strength to play Defensive End, which made him attractive only to teams running a 3-4 base defensive scheme (like the Chargers).
New #Chargers OLB Kyle Emanuel won the '14 Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in FCS. Good athlete. Cosell comp'd him to Rob Ninkovich.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 2, 2015
The only real knock against Emanuel is that he's a "predictable" pass-rusher, which sounds like the type of thing that can be coached up easily.
He's known as a smart player, and he's got prototypical size for the 3-4 OLB spot. He should provide excellent depth behind Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu, although he may never grow into a starter or a terrifying pass-rusher. If you think of him as a younger Thomas Keiser (without the bar fight), you'll get an idea of what type of player Emanuel likely will be.