LA Chargers LB Junior Colson Predicts He’ll Do Something Big During NFL Rookie Season

LA Chargers LB Junior Colson Predicts He’ll Do Something Big During NFL Rookie Season

It should come as no surprise that Jim Harbaugh and the Los Angeles Chargers selected Michigan linebacker Junior Colson with the 69th pick of the third round in the 2024 NFL Draft. Chargers defensive coordinator and former Wolverines DC Jesse Minter was very fond of Colson during his time at Michigan and Colson was one of the key cogs helping run Michigan’s defense.

Colson played only three seasons at Michigan, leaving after his junior year, but Colson was one of the best to play the position in Ann Arbor. He appeared in 43 games with 36 starts at Michigan. One of the best pure tacklers on the team, Colson led the Wolverines defense in tackles in back-to-back seasons by posting 101 and 95 tackles, respectively.

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Now that he’s entering the NFL, Colson is seen as an instant plug-and-play linebacker in Minter’s system in L.A. With so much anticipation surrounding Colson playing for the Chargers,’s Chad Reuter named his All-Rookie defensive team for the 2024 season and Colson was among the linebackers on the team.

It seemed a given that Jim Harbaugh would draft at least one of his former Michigan prospects this year, so it was no surprise to see Colson end up with the Chargers. He should be in the mix from Day 1, filling up running lanes and chasing running backs out, whether it’s a stretch play or a throw to the flat. I expect him to surpass 100 tackles this season.

Chad Reuter,


June 13, 2024; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Junior Colson (25) during minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Required Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Colson was Michigan’s highest-drafted linebacker since Devin Bush Jr. was selected 10th overall by the Steelers in 2019. Chargers fans know a little about their team’s history of selecting Wolverine linebackers. In 2011, then-San Diego drafted Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton in the second round, but his career never really took off due to multiple serious injuries. There may be some scars for those who remember that draft pick, but injuries aside, Colson should be a solid NFL linebacker for many years to come.

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