Notre Dame product Louis Nix III is the top 3-4 ready nose tackle declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. With the San Diego Chargers lacking a strong pass rush from their front seven, the Chargers could draft Nix to plug into their defense.
Nix can play well in the 3-4 scheme, fitting the ideal of commanding and dominating double-teams to allow the edge rushers to get the quarterback. Definitely one of the knocks on him is that he’s big and playing against no-huddles might be an issue. Nix coming to San Diego would reunite him with Notre Dame teammate Manti Te’o.
The Chargers haven’t had a strong presence at the nose tackle position since Jamal Williams. When the Chargers drafted Cam Thomas, he was the nose tackle of the future, but he hasn’t improved since his second year. Thomas lost his starting job in 2013 to Sean Lissemore, a trade acquisition from the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas hasn’t been a strong guy in the trenches to warrant double-teams whereas Lissemore is 30 pounds lighter and has gotten more production.
The Chargers shouldn’t trade up to get Nix because of how many holes they have to fill on a tight budget. If Nix is available at No. 25, it just makes sense that the Chargers try to acquire him. Right now some draft experts have Nix taken between 18-22. Notable teams that could take Nix and also run a 3-4 defense are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.