by “The Don” Piccolo
Recently, Joey Bosa signed a 5-year and $135 million extension with the Chargers, including $102M guaranteed – a new NFL defensive record. Bosa is the highest-graded pass-rushing EDGE defender in the NFL (91.4) since 2017. Highest pass-rush win rate last season: 23.1%, followed by Aaron Donald at 22.6%. Now let us look at his 3-year average stat line to make him the top-rated pass-rushing EDGE defender.
Total Tackles: 53 (40 Solos)
QB Hits: 21 (35.5 pressure)
Pass Deflections: 3
Forced Fumble: 1
Fumble Recovery: .75
My only knock on him; he had seven games played in 2018. Furthermore, he has 1 Pass deflection in his career. Yeah, that’s real 1 PD total in 4-years! Without question, a Top 5 DL in this league for the next 3-5 years with his talents and hailing from Ohio State does help the pedigree for a long career. He is going to be the top 3-5 DL off the board on any IDP League.
Melvin Ingram, the word consistent comes to mind throughout his career. I don’t see why he is to slow down other than if father time has caught up with him. His name carries weight in the IDP world because he has been a big part of the realm since 2015
Total Tackles: 58 (42 Solo)
QB Hits: 0 (1 Pressure)
Pass Deflections: 5
Forced Fumble: 0
Fumble Recovery: 0.
Linval Joseph came in to take on double teams in the pocket, which he did very well for a guy named Danielle Hunter, so I expect a big year for IDP relevancy from this DL group. Can’t underestimate the value of a DT who can take up two or more blockers its potent stuff. Side Note: Jerry Tillery needs to have an excellent camp to be in the defensive line rotation.
Outside of the rookie phenom Kenneth Murray who the Chargers traded up to take 23rd overall, there isn’t much to talk about the Oklahoma three-down linebacker is going to wreak havoc from sideline to sideline. Immediate impact at the next level, many NFL teams wanted a piece of this action. The Chargers needed the help the most in this writer’s humble opinion, so bettering themselves in the league to keep competitive is always a positive in my book. I love everything about him; he is a locked-in top 15 Pick in a Rookie draft with Offense and Defense.
Side Note: The one little knock I can see from the tape is when he is shedding blocks, he tends to have leverage but doesn’t use his hands—very fixable at the next level.
Denzel Perryman is the other Inside Linebacker that should prove to help the young Kenneth Murray on the field with some of the signal calling early in the season until Murray is more comfortable, but having this veteran in the middle is essential in the development of the 1st round pick without question. That doesn’t mean I’m starting him, but for the depth, it could be worse.
Nick Vigil signed from Cincinnati will help fill the role of a veteran presence while playing in the Outside Linebacker role opposite of 3rd year Uchenna Nwosu (if he starts). Both will be getting snaps, and I can’t rely on them weekly unless of injury or bye weeks.
This secondary is loaded up to stop any passing offense it sees as long as Derwin James is clocking in for work every week. He is a top-three safety with elite play recognition; he never misses tackles and plays 110% at all times. One of the best defensive backs in the league for years to come, if you have a chance to grab this DB1 I would do so. Superior core piece for your DB Startup draft; he just makes you feel better having him to slot in weekly. When healthy, he is TOP NOTCH (missed 11 games in 2019). I believe in him for 2020 take with confidence.
Rookie Season Stats
Total Tackles: 105 (75 Solos)
QB Hits: 6 (11 Pressures)
Pass Deflections: 13
Forced Fumble: 0
Fumble Recovery: 0.
The other safety competition is Desmond King, Rayshawn Jenkins, and Nasir Adderly, something to keep an eye on; this position can be a DB3 to help you in the long stretch of the season the bye weeks/ injuries.
When looking at the corners, we find Chris Haris Jr. and Casey Hayward as a top corner duo in the NFL. Harris has yet to record a season without an interception ( playing since 2011); this is a profoundly impressive stat to have as a CB and he is a must-start in the leagues that start them and, in the right matches, he can be your DB3.
Casey Hayward is one of the best when he is on his game. The man is cemented to wide receivers amassing 58 PD’s since joining the Chargers in 2016. For this instance, I feel the same as I did with Chris Harris; he is a must-start in CB leagues and the DB3 in a pinch. He never misses games, always a plus to have for depth on your roster.
L.A. Chargers have done the right things to improve this defense to help the offense who will need to find itself in 2020 without Ironman Phillip Rivers. I’m confident they will give Patrick Mahomes and the Chefs a run for their money. The young pieces acquired should do nicely or the future of this team, and I wouldn’t let too many of the players, as mentioned earlier, slip by in your deep IDP drafts.