Jacques Cesaire is a free agent, and Luis Castillo isn't doing much on the line, so Sam Acho should help the Chargers generate more pressure from the defensive line.
Acho is a hustle pass rusher who needs work to excel at the next level. He has good thrust upfield after the snap, but lacks flexibility to get under a tackle's pads to turn the corner.
He must improve using his hands to free himself of the initial block and keeping his balance once he does.
Acho is strong enough to bull rush, but does not use that move very often on the edge. Attacking the pocket until the ball is away, Acho makes a good effort in the secondary and is capable of disrupting passing lanes.
Acho often takes on double-team blocks while lined up in the five-technique position. He also plays with fair strength at the point of attack and frees linebackers to make plays behind him.
As an assignment-sure player, he contains well on his side of the line when set up outside either tackle.
He keeps his eyes in the backfield when engaged and can punch and shed the block to get outside when not doubled.
He could disengage more regularly when inside and often watches backs run through the hole.
He plays with good anchor for his size with nice hustle to chase down mobile quarterbacks, but lacks the bulk to play five-technique at the next level.
Not exceptional here, but Acho has a good combination of strength and explosiveness off the snap. He does not turn the corner on better offensive tackles, but can get into the pocket to pressure the quarterback if left unchecked. His strong upper body and length give him a good punch on initial contact for bull rushes and making plays against the run. He is not projected to be elite in rushing the passer, which limits his upside.
Acho has the strength to play at the next level, but more consistent hands would increase his value. He can stack the tackle on the edge and hold his ground against the run using leverage.
Not exactly an explosive tackler, but Acho gives great effort in bringing down ballcarriers by any means necessary. He uses hustle and length to chase down plays to the sideline and downfield. His downside though is he's only adequate in change-of-direction in the backfield; he will be frozen and eluded by NFL-caliber backs as he fails to break down.