Why Pro Football Focus Loves the Bolts’ Draft

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A fan of the Chargers draft class?

You’re not the only one.

The folks over at Pro Football Focus put forth their list of best draft fits, and it’s crystal clear they fully endorse the Bolts’ picks.

In fact, the Chargers are one of only two teams to have more than one player make their list.

The first is Jerry Tillery, as they see the defensive tackle as a difference maker that can make a potent front four even more dangerous.

“An excellent fit that we pegged prior to the draft,” wrote PFF’s Steve Palazzolo. “Tillery adds a much-needed pass-rushing presence on the defensive interior for the Chargers. He tied Quinnen Williams for the top pass-rushing grade in the nation last year at 92.5, and his presence puts offenses into more of a bind with strong edge defenders Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa already on the roster. Throw in Tillery’s No. 1 grade in the draft class on stunts, and the Chargers’ front four can now bring pressure from all angles.”

Palazzolo’s opinion certainly falls in line with General Manager Tom Telesco’s explanation on why the Bolts targeted the Notre Dame product.

"He fits on the interior defensive line,” Telesco said. “His size, his length — he's 6-6 and 300 pounds with a very athletic build — has long arms, is very flexible and runs well for a big guy. He has some inside pass-rush ability. That really jumped off the tape to us, his movement skills for such a big man. It's nice getting somebody inside with some length and size to try and push that pocket a little bit with our edge rushers Joey (Bosa) and Melvin (Ingram III) — kind of work in on that defensive line.”

Meanwhile, the second draftee PFF loves fitting in with the Chargers is the team’s second-round pick, Nasir Adderley.

“Another excellent pick by the Chargers, Adderley is a much-needed true free safety to complement the prototype at strong safety in last year’s first-rounder, Derwin James,” Palazzolo said.  “While James can do his damage close to the line of scrimmage, Adderley patrols the deep middle with excellent range and ball skills, a must for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme. We mocked Adderley to the Chargers in the back end of the first round a few times prior to the draft, and he’s an outstanding value for Los Angeles in the second round.”

Palazzolo is far from the only pundit to feel this way.

In fact, countless draft experts note how Adderley skillset an ideal fit alongside James, including NFL Network’s Dan Parr.

“Adderley might be one of the weekend's bigger bargains,” he said. “He was a borderline first-round value on Jeremiah's board (ranked No. 34), yet the Bolts snagged him late in Round 2. With good range and ball skills, the former Blue Hen should be a fine complement at safety to last year's first-rounder, Derwin James.”

However, regardless of how perfect Adderley’s skillset fits the team’s scheme, Bradley stressed nothing will be handed to the second-round pick. 

He’ll have to earn his role.

“Obviously you want as many good players as you can,” he said. “It creates great competition. We’ve got some fierce competitors in our building, and to add to it is always good. (Adderley) will have some learning curve, just like everybody does, but we’re just so excited for him.”

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