NFL 32/32 Draft Needs: 14/32 San Diego Chargers

Published On April 16, 2014 » 1203 Views» By Martin Lee » NFL
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The San Diego Chargers were a team that was believed to go the Super Bowl a few years ago but it never happened. General Manager Tom Telesco has them making big strides with good signings since he took over last season after the firing of AJ Smith. Quarterback Phillip Rivers has also improved his game with new Head Coach Mike McCoy.

This offseason, the Chargers signed running back Donald Brown to add onto their already impressive duo of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. They also added linebacker Kavell Connor and signed many of their important free agents, all while just losing quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to the Tennessee Titans (who will be replaced by Kellen Clemens) and Cam Thomas to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have 7 picks in the draft to fill up the obvious holes on this team.

Draft Needs: CB OL LB

Cornerback: Last season, the Chargers gave up close to 259 passing yards a game and ranked 29th in the league. Last offseason, they signed Derek Cox to help fill the void at CB but ended up with a major bust and a big money loss. After cutting Cox loose, they need to draft someone who can play man to man coverage and can keep up with a receiver like Demaryius Thomas.

Offensive Line: The Chargers had so many injuries on the offensive line that it looked like they were shuffling cards. In last years draft, the Bolts were able to pick up DJ Fluker, who ended up being a great addition and an important starter right off the bat. They need an offensive lineman who can stay healthy during the season and help Fluker on the other end or on either side of center Nick Hardwick. One who can help open up the running game, headlined by Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown, and can also give Rivers time to find an open receiver down field.

Outside Linebacker: San Diego had the lack of a pass rush and it showed with only 35 sacks last season. Drafting someone who can get after the quarterback and put some pressure will fix that problem. They will get much needed help with the return of Dwight Freeney on defense and will now have Melvin Ingram and Donald Butler healthy at OLB. But, they will need to add some much needed depth with this draft class.

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