If San Diego wants to go all in on their physical rushing attack, the guard position needs to be improved. Orlando Franklin hasn’t lived up to his big free agent deal while former 1st round pick DJ Fluker was released. Franklin will get one more shot at left guard while the Chargers could move center Matt Slauson to right guard. Using a Day 2 pick on a prospect that can play guard or tackle is an option.
With Gus Bradley as the new Defensive Coordinator the Chargers will be transitioning from the 3-4 to the Seattle style 4-3. The move has big implications on the secondary as Los Angeles lack the rangy single high safety in the mold of Earl Thomas. Dwight Lowery had a good season in 2016 but his skill set is not suited for the role. The perfect scenario for the Chargers would be to draft Malik Hooker with the 7th pick.
In both Seattle and Jacksonville Gus Bradley’s defenses have preferred big physical press corners like Richard Sherman and Jalen Ramsey. Both Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward are under 6’0 but have played extremely well. While those two are not going anywhere the Chargers lack a third corner with the release of Brandon Flowers. In the 2nd round the Chargers could get Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey to be their big corner and play opposite of Verett while moving Hayward inside.
Keenan Allen is a dynamic number one caliber receiver but cannot stay healthy playing only nine games the past two seasons. Travis Benjamin was brought in from Cleveland last year while Dontrelle Inman stepped up in Allen’s place last season. With Allen’s injury history it’s hard to trust him for a full season which should prompt the Chargers to find another receiver on day two.
Much like guard the offensive tackle position needs to be upgraded if the Chargers are going to be successful running the ball. Russell Okung was signed to replace King Dunlap but Okung struggled in 2016 playing for the Broncos and is injury prone. Okung and Joseph Barksdale project as starters but San Diego would be wise to draft another tackle in case Okung can’t stay healthy.