Last season, the Chargers drafted former Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te’o. As Draft day approaches, at least one of his former teammates is down for a reunion with the former Heisman Trophy candidate.
In a recent interview with U-T San Diego’s Michael Gehleken, nose tackle prospect Louis Nix III said that joining up with his former Fighting Irish running buddy “would be tight.”
“I would love to see my guy again. We missed him at Notre Dame. Just being with another guy who you spent a few years with – he’s a great guy, a great teammate. He’s someone I look up to” (para 6).
You would certainly be hard pressed to find a more ringing endorsement.
Nix III would certainly fit a need at nose tackle on the San Diego defense. While speculation still remains of whether or not the Bolts will stick with Sean Lissemore, Nix III would fit like a glove in John Pagano’s defense. It would certainly toughen and beef up the defensive front, and create interior pressure on a unit that was sack-deprived a season ago.
Should Nix III be there for the taking, and he is projected as a potential mid-to-late first rounder, the Chargers would be wise to select him to take care of a very pressing need on defense. That unit should be priority number one to begin with. But if a player has already voiced his approval of a player and organization, why not pull the trigger?