Shawne Merriman
LB | (6'3", 249, 4.66) | Maryland

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Selected by: San Diego Chargers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 12(12)
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(LB) Shawne Merriman - Maryland
(LB) Shawne Merriman - Maryland
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Overall: Merriman appeared in 14 games, starting one in 2002. He appeared in 13 games, starting five in 2003. He finally became a fulltime starter for the first time in his collegiate career in 2004 and responded with a breakout season that included 85 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Considering his lack of a defined position and that he didn't redshirt while at Maryland, Merriman probably would have benefited from playing one more year of college football. He isn't fundamentally sound at this point and he will most likely make his biggest contributions as a situational pass rusher and on special teams during his rookie season. However, Merriman clearly has the talent to eventually make an impact as a fulltime starter at the next level and his upside as a pass rusher is enormous. He shows great range when defending the run, he is an explosive ... For complete overview, strengths and weaknesses, login above or become an Insider.
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