The 2013 NFL draft is merely days away and GM Tom Telesco has to be ready for every scenario in the book. The areas of need and major concerns are:
Offensive Tackle – The obvious!
Offensive Guard – Also obvious!
Cornerback – Only if Shareece Wright or Marcus Gilchrist can’t manage the job.
Nose Tackle – Start right away or rotational with Cam Thomas.
Strong Safety – Pending Brandon Taylor is fully recovered, nevertheless we’ll need depth.
Inside Linebacker – Starter, unless Jonas Mouton or Bront Bird can step it up.
Outside Linebacker – Depth pass rusher behind Melvin Ingram and Jarrett Johnson.
Defensive End – Depth.
Plenty of holes to fill! First, the San Diego Chargers have to ask the question “which of the kids can be starters for us now?” Cam Thomas, Shareece Wright, Marcus Gilchrist, Brandon Taylor, Jonas Mouton and Bront Bird have done decent work as back-ups but it’s time to grow now! Melvin Ingram will also need to prove he was the right choice as our number one pick in last year’s draft and start dragging down quarterbacks to the ground.
Secondly, after our GM assesses who we can trust in, he’ll need to prioritize our needs. Fortify the line in rounds one and two then rebuild the defense in rounds three to seven. Possibly trade back a few spots in exchange for additional picks. Add on needs, talent and depth. Really think about what type of players can Mike McCoy, Ken Whisenhurst and John Pagano use to their advantage?
It’s going to be a very exciting draft since for the first time in nearly a decade we’re looking for young talent to contribute right away. Which Charger currently on the roster do you think has the abilities to be a starter this upcoming season?