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Why the Chargers selected ILB Drue Tranquill at #130

Ball State v Notre Dame

With the 130th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select Drue Tranquill, an inside linebacker from Notre Dame.

Tranquill is a two-time team captain and an invitee to the 2019 Senior Bowl this past January. At 6-foot-2 and 233 pounds, Tranquill is tough, strong (31 reps on the bench press), has sideline-to-sideline speed (4.57 40), and the leadership that Tom Telesco and Anthony Lynn covet in players they want on their teams.

In his first three seasons with the Fighting Irish, Tranquill was actually a safety. In his freshman season, he played in 10 games and collected 3 total stops, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, and an interception. He played in a handful of games in 2015 as a sophomore but tore his ACL, leading to a medical redshirt granted by the NCAA. He came back in 2016 as a redshirt sophomore where had 79 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss, and another interception.

Prior to 2017, Tranquill switched to linebacker and instantly became a team leader. In his final two seasons, he amassed 171 total tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, an interception, seven pass breakups, and four fumble recoveries.

I do not believe Tranquill will start year one but he will get to learn behind a veteran like Thomas Davis and be able to grow with other young linebackers like Kyzir White and Jatavis Brown. The Chargers definitely covet their athletes at the linebacker spot in recent drafts and this pick just solidifies it. I expect Tranquill to get reps at either outside linebacker spot and maybe even earn some looks in the middle of the defense.

Tranquill also joins Jerry Tillery and Nasir Adderley as fellow Senior Bowl invitees that have been drafted by the Chargers this year.