Alden Darby is a 5’10 safety from Arizona State University. Darby was a defensive captain for the Sun Devils and was named Second Team All-Pac-12.
Expect Alden Darby to battle in training camp for a spot on the Chargers roster as a special-teams player and zone package cornerback.
Versatile and has played every position in the secondary — safety, corner and nickel back. Football smart — makes the secondary calls and checks. Good strength and pop on contact. Highly respected team leader with a team-first attitude. Outstanding football character. Valuable special teams contributor with gunner experience. Displayed playmaking ability vs. USC the last two years.
A true tweener, Darby is built like a cornerback but lacks the foot speed to match up 1-on-1 with receivers and does not have ideal bulk for the safety position. Has overcome a lot of adversity in his life, was recognized as the first player to don Pat Tillman’s jersey in practice for his hard work and leadership and has make-it intangibles that could resonate with a coaching staff and inspire a locker room. Is worth trying as a zone corner, could add depth to a secondary and compete on special teams.
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe is a 6’3 defensive lineman out of Boise State University. He was named First Team All-Mountain West.
Expect Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe to battle in training camp for a spot on the Chargers roster as a rotational defensive lineman.
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