Dave Christensen: I think the pass protection schemes we used will be a benefit for him when he's making the switch to the NFL. With Tyler playing tackle, he has to know how to pass protect very well. Another thing that will help him is the Big 12 competition he played against. He had the opportunity to play for a very good football team and now he just needs to raise his game up.
SD: Do all of those things make the transition easier than for other rookies?
DC: He is going to a place where everyone is a top player in their college and it will take time, a lot of hard work, and getting used to playing the game at a much faster pace.
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DC: His athleticism and his ability to move in space. He is a great rush blocker and made great cut blocks and that will help him a lot at the next level.
SD: What is Luellen going to have to improve on if wants to make the Chargers' roster?
DC: He needs to be a more physical run blocker. We played in an offense with a lot of 4- or 5-foot splits and it would be easier for him to create space. In the NFL, it is much tighter splits with more powerful guys on the edge. He needs to be a more powerful blocker.
SD: Is there a particular game or play that sticks out in your mind that really sums up all of Luellen's football talents?
DC: He made very consistent plays for us and he started four straight years. He had the most production blocks (pancakes, cut blocks) of any one else on our team, so it is very difficult to come up with just one.
SD: He started all four years at Missouri. Would you consider that to be a positive or a negative considering his history with injuries?
DC: I think it definitely will prepare him more because of the experience. Yes, he has had some injuries to the knee and the shoulder, but he has gone awhile now without a surgery, so I think the four years were only positive for him.
SD: Does Luellen have what it takes to make an NFL roster?
DC: I think so. He has size, athleticism, speed, quickness and leverage. He needs to get stronger, even though he already is strong. I think he has a very legit chance to make it.
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