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Saturday, April 29, 2017 6:20 pm

Rochell goes to Chargers in seventh round

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Isaac Rochell, credited with 118 tackles the past two years at Notre Dame, was selected Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Los Angeles Chargers, becoming the 15th Irish player ever drafted by the Chargers.

A 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman, Rochell brings the versatility to line up on the interior or at end. His new franchise, coming off consecutive last-place finishes in the AFC West, has allowed about 26 points per game in that time.

As the Chargers move from San Diego to Los Angeles, they also have a new coach (Anthony Lynn) and a new defensive coordinator in Gus Bradley. One of the better defensive coordinators around, Bradley should be able to figure out how to get the most out of Rochell, who was solid against the run but never provided much pass rush despite playing end the majority of his four seasons in South Bend.

Rochell became the second Irish player taken in this year's draft. Quarterback DeShone Kizer went in the second round to Cleveland.