Tom Telesco needed to address the front seven depth and decided to do so with their seventh round pick Isaac Rochelle out of Notre Dame.
After looking over a few breakdowns on this kid he seems like a high-character guy and was a captain his senior year at Notre Dame. Known for his dependability and durability, he played in over 83% of the defensive snaps over the last three seasons. Considering how big of a concern injuries have been for Charger fans, that will be a breath of fresh air.
Now for the bad. Every report I’ve seen on him talks about how he offers little to nothing as far as a pass rush is concerned. He is an effort rusher with no real moves in his repertoire beyond a pretty basic bull rush. Most have said he best fits in a 3-4 scheme as an end, a system which as you all know they have transitioned away from with the addition of DC Gus Bradley. How he fits in on this defense is unclear at this time but will be interesting to see how it shakes out. With the lack of clarity at DL beyond 2017 it makes sense to go this route, just not sure if this is the pick they should have made.
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