Chargers go to FCS powerhouse North Dakota State for linebacker Emanuel


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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers selected North Dakota State linebacker Kyle Emanuel on Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft, 153rd overall.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Emanuel had 19 1-2 sacks last year and would fit outside in the Chargers' 3-4 alignment.

Emanuel, the Missouri Valley's defensive player of the year, made 16 1-2 tackles for losses and 10 sacks in eight games against top 25 opponents.

The Chargers sent their fourth-rounder to San Francisco as part of the deal to move up Thursday and take Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with the 15th pick overall.

The Chargers selected Arkansas defensive tackle Darius Philon in the sixth round, 192nd overall.

The 6-foot-1, 298-pound Philon started all 14 games last year and collected 4.5 sacks.

Philon's quick burst is his strength, something the Chargers have been lacking from the interior of the line.

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