Well, the Chargers second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is in and it’s edge defender / off ball linebacker Uchenna Nwosu out of the University of Southern California. Pro Football Focus brings us some optimism:
Another versatile piece to our already solid defense https://t.co/3U6OHPW2t1— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) April 28, 2018
Chargers keep adding to defense, select USC LB Uchenna Nwosu at No. 48 -- talented pass rusher who can play all three LB spots.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) April 28, 2018
Tom Telesco does love some versatility.
The Chargers add USC edge defender Uchenna Nwosu, who led the draft class in both QB hits (22) and batted passes (10) pic.twitter.com/fCEDPqscwd— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 28, 2018
And the Chargers general manager also enjoys productive players from big schools. This pick checks that box as well.
The San Diego Union Tribune’s Tom Krasovic brings some muted positivity:
I wouldn't call Nwosu super-explosive off the edge. But he knows how to make plays in pass rush and swatting passes. Versatile. Made plays up the middle as well. Trojans history not so great with this franchise, but that's irrelevant.— Tom Krasovic (@SDUTKrasovic) April 28, 2018
Steve Wyche just seemed to generically like the addition to an already strong defense.
Um, anyone noticing what the @Chargers are doing in the draft? This Nwosu pick is nice. They are coming for folks on defense— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) April 28, 2018
And for those that don’t like the pick, Garrett Sisti offers some perspective:
At least it wasn’t Mason Rudolph— Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti) April 28, 2018
And some just wanted to give LaDainian Tomlinson credit for pronouncing the young man’s name correctly:
Just to review, LaDainian Tomlinson was able to pronounce “Uchene Nwosu,” while Vince Young was unable to pronounce “Harold.”— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) April 28, 2018
The other newest Charger was also on board:
Yes sir https://t.co/c0YCzIpqdv— DJ3 (@derwinjames6) April 28, 2018
Here’s hoping that this added versatility is a big boost to the defense.