With Free Agency all but over the Chargers and other than bringing in former Dolphins center Mike Pouncey the Chargers were pretty quite. With the 2018 NFL Draft right around the corner we take a look at the Los Angeles Chargers Team Needs heading into the draft.
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Since DJ Fluker busted in the 2013 draft the Chargers have gone the veteran route and while that paid off with Russell Okung, Joseph Barksdale struggled for two straight years. Los Angeles wants to run the ball and taking a tackle with one of their first two picks could go a long way.
Allowing 131 rushing yards per game the Chargers had the second worst rush defense in the entire NFL. With Brandon Mebane struggles and ranking as the 119th defensive tackle according to Pro Football Focus using a second round pick on Stanford’s Harrison Phillips would be a good step in fixing their run game.
Tre Boston and Jahleel Addae played well last year but Boston is a free agent and Addae is solid but not spectacular. Rumor was the Chargers wanted Jamal Adams last year but he was taken the pick before. If Los Angeles wants a similar safety they could target Derwin James at 17.
There is no doubt that Phillip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and a borderline Hall of Fame candidate. If one of the top quarterbacks falls to the Chargers in the first round they could take Rivers successor but look for Los Angeles to find a developmental option.
Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa’s ability to rush the quarterback helped the Chargers finish with the 5th most sacks in the NFL. Los Angeles really lack anything behind them to provide depth in case of an injury and could look to find a diamond in the rough in the late rounds.
Ever since being drafted in the top 20 Melvin Gordon has lived up to his draft slot and provided the Chargers with a bell cow back. The problem is nobody is behind Gordon and finding a pass catching back like Tennessee’s John Kelly or Miami’s Mark Walton would be a good compliment.
With Keenan Allen finally healthy he had a record breaking year setting the Chargers single season receptions record. While the combination of Allen and last year’s 1st round pick Mike Williams could be a good duo, both have had trouble staying healthy and could use another young receiver if Tyrell Williams isn’t resigned.