Kyle Emanuel

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Kyle Emanuel
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Emanuel in 2015
No. 51 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1991-08-16) August 16, 1991 (age 27)
Schuyler, Nebraska
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Schuyler Central
(Schuyler, Nebraska)
College: North Dakota State
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2018
Total tackles: 126
Sacks: 3.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 1
Interceptions: 2
Player stats at

Kyle Emanuel (born August 16, 1991) is an American football linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He won the Buck Buchanan Award in 2014.[1] He played college football for North Dakota State University where they won four straight FCS championships.

Professional career

On November 28, 2014, it was announced that Emanuel had accepted his invitation to play in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game.[2] On January 17, 2015, Emanuel played in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game and was a part of Jim Zorn’s West team that lost the 19–3 to the East.[3] Emanuel attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed all of the combine and positional drills.

External video
Kyle Emanuel’s NFL Combine Workout

On March 26, 2015, Emanuel participated at North Dakota State's pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only performed positional drills. He also attended pre-draft visits with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Minnesota Vikings.[4][5] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Emanuel's draft projections from NFL draft experts and scouts varied from as early as the third round to as late to the fifth or sixth rounds.[6] He was ranked as the 16th best outside linebacker prospect in the draft by[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
255 lb
(116 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.77 s 1.79 s 2.69 s 4.25 s 7.10 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]


The San Diego Chargers selected Emanuel in the fifth round (153rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Emanuel was the 19th linebacker drafted in 2015.[8]

On May 14, 2015, the San Diego Chargers signed Emanuel to a four-year, $2.49 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $218,572.[9]

Throughout training camp, Emanuel competed to be a backup outside linebacker against Tourek Williams, Cordarro Law, Colton Underwood, Brock Hekking, and Ryan Mueller.[10] Head coach Mike McCoy named Emanuel the fourth outside linebacker on the depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Melvin Ingram, Jeremiah Attaochu, and Cordarro Law.[11]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the San Diego Chargers' season-opener against the Detroit Lions and recorded three combined tackles, deflected a pass, made his first career interception, and also made his first career sack in their 33–28 victory. Emanuel made his first career sack and interception on Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford. In Week 8, he collected a season-high four combined tackles in the Chargers' 29–26 loss at the Baltimore Ravens. On December 20, 2015, Emanuel recorded two solo tackles before exiting the Chargers' 30–14 win against the Miami Dolphins due to a concussion. He remained inactive for their Week 16 loss against the Oakland Raiders due to the concussion.[12] He finished his rookie season in 2015 with 25 combined tackles (16 solo), one interception, one sack, and a pass deflection in 15 games and two starts.[13]


Emanuel entered training camp in 2016 as a backup outside linebacker and competed for a primary backup role against Tourek Williams.[14] Head coach Mike McCoy named Emanuel a starting outside linebacker to begin the regular season, replacing Jeremiah Attachou. He started alongside Melvin Ingram and inside linebackers Manti Te'o and Denzel Perryman.[15]

Emanuel was temporarily moved to inside linebacker during the 2016 season after season-ending injuries to Manti Te’o and Nick Dzubnar.[16] In Week 13, Emanuel collected a season-high eight combined tackles in the Chargers’ 28–21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished his second season in 2016 with 58 combined tackles (36 solo), a pass deflection, one forced fumble, and was credited with half a sack in 16 games and 11 starts.[17]


On January 1, 2017, the Los Angeles Chargers fired head coach Mike McCoy after they finished with a 5–11 record.[18] Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley opted to switch the base defense from a base 3-4 defense to a base 4-3 defense. Throughout training camp, Emanuel competed to be a starting outside linebacker against Jeremiah Attachou, Jatavis Brown, and Korey Toomer.[19] Head coach Anthony Lynn named Emanuel the starting strongside linebacker to begin the 2017 regular season, alongside Jatavis Brown and middle linebacker Korey Toomer.[20]

External video
Kyle Emanuel intercepts pass by Matt Stafford

In Week 7, Emanuel collected a season-high four solo tackles during a 21–0 win against the Denver Broncos. On December 10, 2017, Emanuel recorded two solo tackles, broke up a pass, and made his first career interception in the Chargers’ 30–13 win against the Washington Redskins in Week 14.[21] A hit by Melvin Ingram caused an errant pass by Stafford and was intercepted by Emanuel in the third quarter. He finished the 2017 NFL season with 34 combined tackles (21 solo), three pass deflections, 1.5 sacks, and one interception in 16 games and 11 starts.[17]


Emanuel entered training camp slated as the starting strong side linebacker, but saw minor competition for the role from rookies Uchenna Nwosu and Kyzir White.[22] Head coach Anthony Lynn named Emanuel the starter to begin the regular season, alongside Jatavis Brown and middle linebacker Denzel Perryman.[23]


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  2. ^ "NDSU's Emanuel accepts invite to Shrine Bowl". November 28, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "2015 East-West Shrine Game Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Hartman, Jeff (March 28, 2015). "2015 NFL Draft: Steelers reportedly hosting North Dakota State standout Kyle Emanuel for pre-draft visit". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Report: Browns to visit LB Kyle Emanuel in North Dakota". April 22, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile: Kyle Emanuel". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kyle Emanuel, DS #16 OLB, North Dakota State". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Henne, Ricky (May 2, 2015). "Chargers Add Productive OLB Kyle Emanuel in Fifth". Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  9. ^ " Kyle Emanuel contract". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Chargers draft OLB Kyle Emanuel in 5th". May 2, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Posner, Ryan (September 8, 2015). "Chargers Release Week 1 Depth Chart for Opener Against Lions". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Quarterbacks Mariota, Yates each leave games with injuries". December 20, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "NFL Player stats: Kyle Emanuel (career)". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Burgin, Bill (July 30, 2016). "4 Defensive Battles Taking Place at Chargers Training Camp". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ " Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart: 10/01/2016". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Gehlkin, Michael (November 2, 2016). "Thin Chargers turn to Kyle Emanuel inside". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Kyle Emanuel (career)". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Chargers fire head coach Mike McCoy after four seasons". Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  19. ^ D'Abate, Mike (July 31, 2017). "2017 Chargers Camp Preview: Defense". Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  20. ^ Wade, Richard (September 5, 2017). "Los Angeles Chargers Release Unofficial Depth Chart". Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "NFL Player stays: Kyle Emanuel (2017)". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  22. ^ "Chargers' Melvin Ingram on Uchenna Nwosu 'Has a bright future'If". August 1, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  23. ^ Stanley, Matthew (September 4, 2018). "Chargers release first "unofficial" depth chart". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
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