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Orie Lemon. Many of you think that this 7th round draft choice will probably not make the team but you couldn't be more wrong if he's drafted by the Chargers. He has a chance to make the team and develop into a starter someday. Two reasons why I believe so is because he's highly productive in college and two other players on the Chargers squad came into the Chargers the same way and they ended up being very respectable starters.
These two Charger players that ended up being somebody from nothing is found in the same position that Orie Lemon plays, inside linebacker.
Stephen Cooper came to the Chargers as a undrafted free agent from the University of Maine. Many teams overlooked him but the Chargers didn't because of one reason, Cooper was highly productive in Maine. From 1999-2002, Cooper put up 374 combined tackles, 57 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, and 25 sacks. That's a career average of 93.5 combined tackles, 14.3 tackles for loss, 1.8 interceptions, and 6.3 sacks per year. That's highly productive and if he was playing elsewhere with such stats, he would have been a high draft choice the year he came out.
The other productive ILB is known other than Brandon Siler. Siler put up 77 combined tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, three passes defended, and three sacks as a senior. As a junior, he put up 64 combined tackles, four sacks, and four passes defended. During his sophomore season, Siler put up 77 combined tackles, two sacks, and three passes defended. Siler found himself on the team as a special teams player and luckily, he made the Chargers active squad and it helped that the Chargers just got rid of Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey before the season started in 2007.
So back to Orie Lemon. His college stats is something that neither Cooper or Siler can ever say they can compare themselves to. In 2010, Lemon put up 133 combined tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and three passes defended. Out of those 133 combined tackles, 101 of those tackles were solo tackles. That's utterly amazing.
Consider the fact that Lemon is coming into a situation where the Chargers won't keep all three of their free agent ILB's, he can easily make the team especially when the Chargers have special teams problems. Lemon isn't considered in the first six rounds by many teams because of his combine numbers which is very pedestrian but looking at his numbers, I'll judge him on his production any day of the week. I'm sure AJ Smith is keeping his eye out for Orie Lemon.