By Gavino Borquez
The Chargers have a knack for finding players that offer versatility at the position they play, given their defensive philosophy. That’s exactly one of the reasons why they spent their sixth-round selection on former Houston linebacker Emeke Egbule in the 2019 NFL draft.
Los Angeles was in need of finding a replacement to Kyle Emanuel, who retired this offseason, to backup Uchenna Nwosu. The team was able to find a guy who showed he was a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s defense.
A two-year starter for the Cougars, Egbule filled in for current Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser in 2016 and then took over as the starting SAM linebacker in their hybrid front-seven.
Egbule did it all in the 52 games that he played. He played on the edge in a traditional pass rushing role. He was used as a strong side and weak side linebacker, where he excelled at playing contain against the run and in coverage, as he was asked to cover running backs and drop to a flat or hook zone frequently.
Additionally, Egbule was used as an overhang defender, splitting between the slot wide receiver and tight end. Houston also lined up over bigger slots and he proved capable of staying in the hip pocket of them to make...