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Chargers select WSU LB Daiyan Henley with the 85th pick

The athletic Henley earned an invite to this year’s Senior Bowl.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FEB 02 Reese’s Senior Bowl Practice Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers have selected Washington State linebacker Daiyan Henley with the No. 85 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

At just under 6’1 and 225 pounds, Henley is undersized for a middle linebacker but he makes up for it with his athleticism and motor between the tackles. In his lone season as Washington State (transferred from Nevada following 2021 season), Henley excelled with 106 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, and three forced fumbles en route to earning First-Team All-Pac 12 honors as a linebacker and Second-Team honors as a special teams contributor.

Following the 2022 season, Henley was invited to this year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl where he was able to show out and perform against the top senior talent in the country. In the immediate, Henley will likely be expected to fill in on special teams before working into a starting role at middle linebacker following the inevitable departure of the aging Eric Kendricks.

Chargers 2023 draft picks:

  • Round 1, (pick 21): WR Quentin Johnston, TCU
  • Round 2, (pick 54): EDGE Tuli Tuipulotu, USC
  • Round 3, (pick 85): LB Daiyan Henley, Washington State
  • Round 4, (pick 125):
  • Round 5, (pick 156):
  • Round 6 (pick 200):
  • Round 7 (pick 239):