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Michael Lombardo: Larry English joins an outside linebacker corps that already features two elite pass rushers, Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips. How does he compare to those two? And how do you see him fitting into the rotation?
Chris Steuber: I was surprised the Chargers selected Larry English in the first round. He's an outstanding edge rusher, but I thought he was a second-round prospect. English will compete for playing time this year, but when your competition is two Pro Bowl linebackers like Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips, that's pretty challenging.
With Merriman returning from a serious knee injury, his health is the biggest factor as we approach training camp. If Merriman isn't ready, I expect English to receive his reps. But if Merriman is ready to go, English will take a back seat. But I expect English will see action as a situational pass rusher.
English will have to make the transition from a defensive end to an outside linebacker in the NFL. Anytime you make that transition, there will be good times and bad times. The biggest obstacle for any DE moving to LB is being able to flip your hips and adjust to coverage schemes. Merriman and Phillips are ahead of English in that department, but as he progresses he has a chance to be on par with them both.
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CS: The Chargers drafted Louis Vasquez with the idea of creating competition, and whether Vasquez beats out Kynan Forney or Kris Dielman remains to be seen.
Vasquez has great size and is solid in pass protection and run blocking. He has to improve his feet and play lower. He plays too upright and doesn't play with consistent leverage. If Vasquez plays well in training camp and during the preseason, he should receive consideration as a starter.
ML: After playing his college ball at Western Ontario, how long do you think it will take Vaughn Martin to be ready to contribute in the NFL?
CS: Martin is a physical enigma; a true freak. At 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, Martin benched 225 pounds 44 times and ran a 4.96 in the 40-yard dash at Michigan's Pro Day. That's amazing. I think he has a chance to contribute right away. He's obviously athletic enough and strong enough to be thrown into the fire from Day One.
But as athletically gifted as he is, he's still very raw. He has to work on his technique and not rely so much on his natural talent. He's a smart player and should digest the playbook fairly well, and as a defensive tackle, there's not much to learn except for gap responsibilities and technique.
ML: What's your take on San Diego's decision to play Tyronne Green at the hub position? Do you like him more as a center or a guard?
CS: I like Green as a guard, because that's where he started the last two seasons at Auburn and that's where I've watched him play. But he worked out at center last year during practice. He's a very good athlete and versatile. He entered Auburn as a defensive tackle, but after the offensive coaches viewed his athletic ability up close, they thought he would make a better offensive lineman than defensive lineman.
A move to center shouldn't be a major problem for him. He will have to adjust to being the vocal leader on the offensive line and make sure his linemates are in their correct spots. He has the personality and the leadership qualities to embrace that role, but it will be a tough transition at first.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber's features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com.