Chargers take DT Darius Philon in sixth round; final pick for SD

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After trading away a pick to move up in the first round for running back Melvin Gordon, the Chargers were left with five picks, the fewest of any NFL team.

With their final slot, they chose defensive tackle Darius Philon out of the University of Arkansas.

Draft scouts call Philon a “penetrator” who has outstanding burst and quickness off the snap. He has speed to the sideline and the ability to blow up zone plays with quickness and uses leverage to his advantage.

Scouts also say that Philon needs to add more bulk to his 6’1, 298-lb frame, maintaining that he could have used an additional year at Arkansas to add muscle — but, teams should like his combination of burst and interior-pass-rush potential.

Philon red-shirted his first year at Arkansas and appeared in 12 games the following year. He started all 13 games in 2014. He was named an AP second team All-SEC selection and recorded 46 tackles (11.5 for a loss), 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, six quarterback hurries and two batted-down passes. His three fumble recoveries tied for the conference lead and ranked tenth in the nation for defensive tackles.

The former Razorback calls Mobile, Alabama his home and said that today, as he was awaiting his future, he drove around his city, hoping he could get out and help people by making something more of his life.

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