Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego, CA- The Chargers have signed undrafted free agents defensive end Colton Underwood and defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi.
Colton Underwood is a 6’3 defensive end who played linebacker at Division Two Illinois State.
Expect Colton Underwood to battle in training camp for a spot on the Chargers roster as a special-teams player and backup defensive end.
"Thickly built and muscular. Toils in the weight room, and it shows (26 bench press reps). Good eyes and instincts. Plays with leverage. Motor runs hot — brings consistent intensity and pursuit effort. Closes hard down the line. Arrives with bad intentions and hits with thump. Has some bulldog in him — lined up everywhere and competed even when overmatched. Has a special-teams mentality. Outstanding, face-of-the-program type makeup — very hardworking, tough and competitive. Loves football and hones his craft when no one’s watching. Professional approach. Team captain as a 21-year-old senior. A two-time Buck Buchanan Award finalist, Underwood is a productive, motivated, high-motor effort rusher who compensates for natural limitations with relentlessness. Has the determination to carve a niche as a core special-teams player and backup defensive end/rotational pass rusher, but will have to adapt as a small fish in a big pond, particularly given his short arms and average athleticism and flexibility."
Tenny Palepoi is a 6’1 defensive lineman out of the University of Utah. He was expected to be drafted between rounds 4-7, but due to the depth in this years draft ended up going undrafted to the Chargers.
Expect Tenny Palepoi to battle in training camp for a spot on the Chargers roster as a rotational defensive lineman.
"Good initial quickness, athletic ability and hip snap to shoot gaps and disrupt the backfield. Displays fine body control and agility. Good closing speed. Square tackler with some explosive knock-back body power. Can throw his hips in the hole and create penetration. Solid production. Has NFL pedigree — brother, Anton, played four seasons in the league. Carries a passion for the game. Well-grounded and mature. Contributes on special teams (personal punt protector). A quick, athletic penetrator best working in a single-gap, heavy-movement, stunting front. Flashes the ability to disrupt and could be effective working in a rotational role."
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