Brandon Siler Is Having A Fantastic Rookie Season

Before you ask how Siler can be having a fantastic rookie season if he barely plays any defense, lemme explain what I mean. Brandon Siler was one of the better linebackers in the SEC college football last year and the reason for it was his ability to make tackles. Unfortunately for Siler, scouts saw him as a fairly one-dimensional player who lacked great sideline-to-sideline coverage skills. For the most part he was surrounded by great players at Florida but he still was an enforcer in his own right. At the pro level, he certainly had the ability to be a starting linebacker so it was somewhat of a shock to see Brandon slip all the way to the Chargers in the seventh round of the draft when he was projected to be a mid-rounder.

The Chargers needed depth at linebacker and needed some guys to fill in on special teams so with that in mind the team drafted Siler and considered him a steal in the seventh. Before long, Siler was proving immediate dividends on special teams where his downhill play-style suited special teams so perfectly.

In the 2007 regular season, Siler was a beast on special teams and would often deal a crushing blow to the returner. He wracked up and impressive 21 solo tackles which is second only to Eric Weddle among defensive players who didn't start a single game.

Brandon Siler has quietly emerged as one of the Chargers better special teams and although Kassim Osgood earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, Siler may not be that far behind him.

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January 16, 2008

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