Chargers Take Edge Rusher

In the fourth round, with the 98th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected Shaun Phillips, a defensive end out of Purdue. His selection marks the second straight pick from Purdue as the team picked up center Nick Hardwick in round three. The Bolts will likely move Phillips to linebacker.

Ironically, Igor Olshansky stated how confident he was in stopping the run when he spoke during a press conference and Phillips may be the exact opposite. He needs a little work on his run stuffing but there is no questioning his pass rush abilities.

Shaun Phillips is a four year starter that produced, especially in the sack department. Phillips will often line up as an edge rusher and as a senior contributed 14.5 sacks with 23 stops behind the line. His 14.5 sacks led the Big Ten.

He is known for his competitive speed as he plays faster than his forty times. Phillips is undersized, but in the Chargers 3-4 will become the classic tweener that can do a number of things. He will likely be able to line up in a two point stance and creep up to the line from an outside backer position.

As with Olshansky, Phillips will have to be versatile as the plan is to line him up in multiple sets. At 6-3, 255 pounds, he may need to add a little weight to his frame, but the danger is losing his game speed.

Phillips dropped back into coverage 20-30% of the time.

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