Chargers scouting report: Luis Castillo

When the San Diego Chargers selected Luis Castillo in the first round of the NFL Draft, it surprised a few people. The defensive line was an obvious need but Castillo had traveled a rocky road to San Diego.

The Chargers have been of the opinion that character counts and were impressed by the way Luis Castillo handled himself during the whole affair where he tested positive for banned substances at the Combine.

"He's a young man with not only an outstanding football background, but a great background at Northwestern University," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

That aside, the Bolts surprised further when they mentioned Castillo may work out at defensive tackle as well as defensive end in their 3-4 defense.

"I played a lot of nose at school," Castillo admitted.

The truth is left defensive end Jacques Cesaire will be pushed out of the starting lineup with Castillo in town. While the Southern Connecticut lineman did a commendable job, Castillo offers a run stuffing presence with the ability to create pressure up the field.

Reps taken at the nose tackle position could be part of the preparation if Jamal Williams is not signed and perhaps to give the big man a rest, but expect to see a lineup with Williams and Castillo lined up next to each other.

Castillo offers way too much in the threat to get an upfield rush to be used at the nose. His strength may be defending the run, but he offers tremendous upside, much like Igor Olshansky, in his ability to collapse the pocket.

One benefit to the Chargers is he should not be a training camp holdout. He has already said he will tie his signing bonus to any positive tests foe banned substances and his word has been trustworthy when it comes to those matters. His agent admitted the same regarding his contract and it should be a smooth road travelled.

Scouting report from TFY Draft Preview:

Luis Castillo School: Northwestern
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 303 40: 4.86 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 75/8.5/2. Posted a career-high 84 tackles as a sophomore.

Positives: Explosive interior lineman who can be used at tackle or on the nose. Leverage lineman who keeps his pads low to the ground, possesses a powerful lower body and displays the ability to bull-rush double teams off the ball. Jolts opponents with his hands, wedges through blocks and a smart ball player that immediately locates the action. Works to get involved in the action and consistently focused on by opponents.

Negatives: Possesses more of a short burst of speed and not fast to the flanks or outstanding in pursuit.

Analysis: An active lineman who makes a lot of plays against the run, Castillo comes off a terrific combine and is moving up draft boards. Explosive, with the ability to dominate opponents, he consistently stands out on film as he is almost always around the action. Could play in a variety of schemes at the next level and offers a good upside.


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