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Why the Chargers selected Cincinnati DT Cortez Broughton at #242

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With the 242nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers selected Cincinnati defensive tackle Cortez Broughton.

At 6-foot-2 and 293 pounds, Broughton offers a low cost, high-upside depth piece to utilize in the interior of the defensive line.

He was a first team All-AAC selection following the 2018 season where he had 52 total stops while also leading the team in tackles-for-loss with 17.5. He also had 6.5 sacks and broke up up five passes at the line of scrimmage.

Broughton played in two game during his first year on campus but wound up injured and subsequently redshirted that year. In 2015, he started 11 of 12 games while collecting 28 total stops. He went on to start every game over his final three seasons, starting 12, 12, and 13, respectively.

Expect Broughton to work in at the 3-technique while possibly seeing some time at nose guard. With the lack of depth, I expect all of the interior defenders to see some sort of time at all the positions to make sure they never find themselves screwed if/when injuries pile up.

Broughton knows how to get after the quarterback and has a knack for knocking passes down at the line. It’s an excellent pick to put a cherry on top of the 2019 NFL Draft.