According to nbcsports.com, the San Diego Chargers traded a 2015 seventh-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys today to acquire Sean Lissemore. Dallas chose Lissemore in round seven of the 2010 NFL Draft. Lissemore made six starts at defensive tackle/nose tackle with Dallas in 2012.
Lissemore had 66 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 28 games and six starts with Dallas from 2010-12. San Diego’s front office completed this trade to add depth at DT/NT. Cam Thomas and Kwame Geathers were the only defensive tackles/nose tackles on San Diego’s roster prior to the acquisition of Lissemore.
Aubrayo Franklin played in 12 games and started nine with San Diego last year at DT/NT. Franklin was a part of a defensive line that ranked fifth in fewest yards per rushing attempt allowed. Franklin signed with the Indianapolis Colts this year, which opened up the door for Thomas to start this season.
Lissemore made an All-CAA First-Team in 2009 when he had 66 tackles, which included 14 for a loss of yards to go along with two interceptions.
San Diego has other players with experience at DT. Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes played DT in college, but will be the starting defensive ends in 2013. If Thomas suffers an injury, the coaching staff could put Lissemore, Geathers or Reyes in his place, and move Dwight Freeney from outside linebacker to DE.
A move to add depth at DT/NT was expected, due to San Diego having two guys listed at DT/NT on the team’s website. Lissemore is 25 years old, so he will join a young defensive line looking to build on the success from last season.
Lissemore and Thomas entered into the NFL in 2010, and they are the only players listed at DT/NT to make starts in the league. Lissemore and Thomas combined for 11 starts, so it will be interesting to see if the lack of experience is a problem, or if they learned valuable techniques from their mentors that will translate to success this year.