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Chargers Grab DE English in Round One

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The Chargers made a solid move on Saturday with the 16th overall pick, as they took pass rusher Larry English from Northern Illinois. English is 6-2, 255 and last season had 8 sacks and 37 total tackles. Here’s the update on English from Draft Countdown:


Strengths:

Good natural athlete…Has long arms…Very quick with a burst to close…Physical…Aggressive…Can deliver the big hit…Uses his hands well…Has a terrific motor…Employs a wide array of pass rush moves…Good strength and power…Shows the ability to beat double teams…Smart…Good instincts and awareness…Extremely productive.

Weaknesses:

Does not have the size or bulk you look for in an NFL defensive end…Lacks elite timed speed…May have to make a position change at the next level…Durability is a real concern…Does not have fluid hips…Struggles in space…Did not always play against top competition.

Notes:

Uncle, Charles Richardson, lettered as a fullback at Wisconsin in 1972…Named the Mid-American Conference’s Most Valuable Player two years in a row (’07 and ”08)…Also named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior…Owns the Huskies career sack record…Redshirted as a true freshman after he missed the final 11 games with an ankle injury…Tore his ACL in the Poinsettia Bowl as a sophomore…Tore a pectoral muscle prior to his senior campaign…Underwent surgery to place pins in his broken right thumb during the 2008 season…College defensive end who will probably have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL (most likely in a 3-4 scheme) but may not have the physical tools to do so successfully…Superb college player with an impressive resumé but a classic ‘tweener who appears to be getting overrated as a pro prospect.


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