The Los Angeles Chargers used their final selection of the 2019 NFL Draft by picking Cincinnati DT Cortez Broughton with the 242nd overall pick in the seventh round.
Stay tuned the rest of the day for more about Broughton, including an exclusive first interview with the newest Charger, reaction from General Manager Tom Telesco, film breakdown and more.
But for now, learn more about Broughton with what NFL.com had to say about the DT leading up to the draft.
Weight: 293 pounds
Before Broughton found some fame on the college football field, he was a member of a Little League World Series team from Warner Robins, Georgia in 2009. Bearcat coaches are glad he filled out as he got older. He played in two games (no statistics) as a freshman in 2014 but redshirted the year due to injury. Broughton started 11 of 12 games played the following year (28 tackles, 1.5 for loss) and became an all-conference player in 2016, starting all 12 games and racking up 42 stops, five for loss, and 2.5 sacks to garner second-team honors. He started all 12 games again in 2017, making 34 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and a sack. AAC coaches voted him first-team all-conference in 2018, as the 13-game starter compiled 51 total tackles and led the Bearcats with 17.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks while breaking up five passes.
High-energy with positive leadership and personality traits
Played a variety of positions along the front
Big senior season creates intrigue
Keeps pad level low off the snap
Can be difficult for blocker to cross-face on back-side
Catches a scent of exploitable gaps and charges in
Intriguing flashes of play strength on tape
Adequate anchor and technique vs
Activates a functional bull-rush
Steadies himself to leap and challenge passes when rush stalls