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Chargers 90-in-90: S Alohi Gilman

Gilman is one of many former Notre Dame defenders on the current roster.

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Born and raised in Laie, Hawaii, Alohi Gilman played his prep ball at nearby Kahuku High & Intermediate School. Coming out of HS, Gilman committed to play for the United States Naval Academy where he played just one year as a freshman. He recorded 76 tackles and broke up five passes to earn Honorable Mention All-AAC honors.

Following that year in Anapolis, Gilman transferred to Notre Dame but was forced to sit out his sophomore campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. As a junior, Gilman earned a starting role and went on to start 13 games, racking up a career-high 95 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, and five pass breakups.

As a senior in 2019, Gilman was named a team captain and started all 13 games. He finished with 74 total tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and a single sack to go along with an interception, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Gilman was drafted by the Chargers with their sixth-round pick in 2020. As a rookie, he played mainly on special teams and finished with seven total tackles.

Basic Info

Height: 5’10
Weight: 200
College: Notre Dame
Experience: 1
Years with team: 1

Contract Status

“Alohi Gilman signed a 4 year, $3,483,204 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including a $188,204 signing bonus, $188,204 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $870,801. In 2021, Gilman will earn a base salary of $780,000, while carrying a cap hit of $827,051 and a dead cap value of $141,153.” - Spotrac.com

The Good

Gilman was lauded by teammate Drue Tranquill following his drafting by the Chargers in the sixth-round of the 2020 draft. Tranquill praised his leadership quality and overall football IQ, which likely played a big role in him landing with Los Angeles. Also, the whole Notre Dame thing is a big selling point for Tom Telesco, as well.

We haven’t been able to see much from Gilman to know where his strengths truly lie, but the way he’s regarded in the locker room shouldn’t be understated. Don’t be surprised to see him with the Bolts from years to come.

The Bad

Gilman is an underwhelming athlete for his size with less-than-ideal speed but he makes up for it with some good agility numbers,

Below you can see his relative athletic score (RAS) from Kent Lee Platte:

There aren’t a ton of safeties in the NFL with these types of athletic numbers finding success in the league so he’s already fighting an uphill battle to make a name for himself. Going from Derwin James to Gilman is quite the step down and he’ll have to fight like hell to make sure the defense doesn’t lose a ton of talent when he steps on the field.

Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2021?

In my eyes, Gilman is firmly in position to make the final roster as the direct backup to Derwin James at strong safety. At the moment, there are only five safeties on the roster and that includes seventh-round pick Mark Webb and 2021 UDFA Ben DeLuca. Unless the team decides to only keep three safeties on the active roster — and Webb beats out Gilman — the former Golden Domer is a sure-fire member of the final 53.