The 2019-20 Los Angeles Chargers were in many ways a complete mess. Specifically, the 2019 draft class was largely disappointing. However, there was one bright spot. Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill was electric. He was a standout player on special teams and when Gus Bradley allowed him to get on the field as a linebacker, he was one of the most exciting players on the field.
With the season over and various awards being announced, Tranquill has been recognized by the Pro Football Writers Association as a member of their All-Rookie Team as a special teamer. The 24-year-old finished the season tied for 8th in the NFL in special teams tackles with 11 and he also blocked a pair of punts. He looks like a 3-down linebacker that can contribute at all three linebacker spots in the base defense if necessary. He was a 2-time team captain in college and his intangibles combined with his athleticism allow him to project as a key contributor to the Chargers defense moving forward.
The 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team and rookie honors: pic.twitter.com/mmHVHWWQFx— Pro Football Writers (@PFWAwriters) January 14, 2020
Tranquill making the PFWA All-Rookie Team gives the Chargers a member of the team for a fifth consecutive season. He joins Derwin James, Dan Feeney, Joey Bosa, and Josh Lambo as Chargers that made the cut int he previous four seasons.