October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater (80) catches a pass for a touchdown against San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox (22, right) and strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Biggest Needs Next Offseason


I know it is early to start thinking about the draft and thinking about free agency, but I think about that stuff all the time. After watching the first 6 weeks of the season, what do you believe the Chargers need to do this offseason. What positions should they be looking to improve?

The left tackle position looks like it is much more improved over last season. King Dunlap has done a tremendous job on the left side of the line and Mike Harris looks like a good player to use as the swing tackle for the team. D.J. Fluker has done an excellent job for the team on the right side of the line.

The Chargers could use some help on the defensive side of the football. The secondary has looked poor this season. That safety slot next to Eric Weddle needs to be filled with a solid player. I have wanted a solid safety for the last couple of seasons and nobody has stepped up in that spot. Brandon Taylor could be the answer, but he hasn’t been able to step onto the field yet. Will he be the answer?

The corners have been getting burned this whole season as well. Derek Cox has not played well as the starter and the team could use some help at that position as well.

The team also should look at options in the running game. Ryan Mathews had a nice performance on Sunday, but he doesn’t look like the back for the future. They could ride him for another season, but it would be nice to find an answer for that position on offense.

Another big position that the Chargers need to fill is nose tackle. If the Chargers want to continue with the 3-4 front, they need to find someone who can take on a few blockers and clog up the defense. IF they want to stay in that 3-4.

Overall, the team has found some nice pieces to work around. The biggest issue is the depth of the roster. I am sure that they can continue to build that depth next offseason.

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  • Donny Pebbles

    not too early at all. agreed. Weddle is the ONLY person they have in the secondary. Matthews is good for another year (looking at the crap choices they have for drafting running backs, coming up), but he’s still not producing. A few games of 100+ yards in his NFL career aren’t cutting it. Rivers needs help and it has to be someone other than Woodhead. he can’t take the ball so much, being so little. he’ll end up getting crushed. o-line IS looking MUCH better than last year. Rivers actually can breathe before he throws the ball. Yes, a NG would help presure opposing QB’s which might help out our secondary a bit. Good article!

  • tubbs45

    1. Corner back 2. OLine 3. Outside line backers 4. Best D line players

  • Gunnar Martin

    A really good right guard would be great for the running game. We might want to look at drafting the center of the future, and have him learn under Nick for a year or two. A big-play type running back that can change the momentum of the game in one snap would be awesome. We need to make sure that our backup linebackers are capable of starting a few games here and there, since the injury bug seems to never leave that group. Someone who specializes in bringing the passer down is needed. Other than that, the players we already have just need to improve over time and be able to make plays.

    And most important, everyone HAS to stay healthy. If we had all of our original starters out there on the field right now, there’s a good chance we would’ve been undefeated up to this point.

  • chris01

    We dont really need anything on offense we must focus on the defense on either a cb , or nt in the first round
    Quick side note(do you guys like anthony barr?LOLB
    Maybe we can get nix!!!!

    • Lee

      might need a receiver and extra linemen for depth

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      I’d want Nix for NT, he could be there where we pick.

      • Julien Bélair

        it would indeed be awesome imo

      • blu3ny3llow

        He’d be great but I’d go with Daniel McCullers from Tennessee in the 2nd..he’s a mammoth.. 6’8″ 360lbs

        • Sergio Quintero

          Nose Tackle seems to be an undervalued position, so if they can find one in the 2nd/3rd round range, that seems perfect.

          I don’t know much about McCullers does his level of play equal his size?

          • blu3ny3llow

            Yea I would say so I believe its barely his 2nd year playing for Tennessee.. not alot of experience but ton of upside.. he often takes on double teams and still is able to apply pressure or stops the run if not forces the run elsewhere… oh n I think he’s actually 6’6″…still huge though

    • Blue&gold_blood

      Would be nice to resign Alexander and Floyd.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Floyd still has some time left on his contract, so that wouldn’t really be necessary. Especially considering he can’t ever stay on the field long enough to help the team throughout the entire season. Alexander puts us in a weird spot. We saw his dominance and flawless chemistry with Rivers, but like Floyd, he can’t stay healthy very long at all to make that much of a difference. To add to it, Keenan and Brown may have cemented themselves as our starting duo, and DX would disrupt that. Hard to decide what we should do. We’ll just have to wait till the season’s over and go from there I guess.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i dont know if floyd will play next year, even if he is saying that he will

        • Sergio Quintero

          I want to know what Vincent Brown is before deciding on Floyd, too bad Brown can’t play the Raiders every week.

      • Julien Bélair

        I think we should resign him if its the minimum but we should draft a WR

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      anthony barr is a beast… some think he is better than clowney and don’t think that we will be able to get him based off of where we will be drafting

      • Sergio Quintero

        I really don’t want to be in position to draft Barr, since he’s a top 10 pick, so I’m setting my sights on Van Noy or Mack.

  • 619chargers4life

    in a perfect world for me would be JJ, Ingram, Freeney, and 1st rd Clowney, (or top OLB in the draft ) as our OLB next season, also in my perfect lil world a 1st rd CB will fall to us in the 2nd and be a top notch starter. something like how keenan Allen fell to us. 3rd OG, 4th NT, 5th CB, 6th OL , 7th CB…… free agent signings would be the end of RM for Ben Tate. and on a side note…….ive been really high on addae since the draft and im going to continue the madness by saying i think he steals the SS job next season or by seasons end.

    • Aaron Johnson

      Based on this season, Clowney might not be a 1st round pick. If we could trade up in the 2nd to grab him that would be ideal. We could then take a NT, CB, or OL in the first round. The later rounds is where I would address LB depth, RB depth etc. Very deep draft at multiple positions for 2014 IMO.

      • boltingindiego

        lol clowney in the 2nd is hilarious. Clowney will go at worst pick # 5.

        • Aaron Johnson

          Apparently you havent been watching. IF he goes in the 1st round, its too high. That’s my point. Ive seen every game of his this season and its not been good. He is NFL caliber but unless he has the right coach and the right system I cant see him contributing his 1st year which generally drops your draft value. But hey, I like him so if he goes high good for him.

          • Bill Nichols

            Did you see him balling today? Dude had 7 tackles, 3 for a lose in the first 2 or 3 series. He is back, and better than ever. He was nicked up, wasn’t playing hard, or at all for a few games. Top 3 pick, watch. Bolt Up!!

          • Julien Bélair

            scouting is about potentiel not if the year before the draft is good

          • Aaron Johnson

            Which is why Te’o dropped to the 2nd? 1 game did it for Te’o. Clowney has 1 decent game on the season and was man handled a lot in that game as well. If he goes in the first its a reach to me. You cant change my mind on that only HE can.

          • Julien Bélair

            Te’o dropped because they might think he has already reached his full potentiel which is not good enought.

        • Sergio Quintero

          No way he gets out of pick 5, the first 2 years of tape are too good.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        if clowney is anywhere near our first round pick… we should draft him with that pick. no waiting till the 2ns for him

        • Julien Bélair

          of course !!

    • boltingindiego

      i doubt rm is going anywhere next year since if we cut him the cap hit is worse than if he stays.

  • Cgoodness13

    CB and NT most def in the 1st or 2nd. SS has been a hole for a while now and should also be considered fo show #ScrewYouAjSmith

  • Rob Base

    I think another OLB in 1st I like Kyle Van Noy, BYU and a CB in 2nd maybe Pierre Desir, Lindenwood. Just play makers I think that would fit nice with Bolts. Jacques Washington, Iowa State Safety that can play SS,OLB and ST.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i like this right here… just get playmakers…. van noy is one of those playmakerss that can be awesome for us.

  • boltingindiego

    1st 3 picks should be in no particular order cb, olb, and LT if they let the king go or sign him to a short term deal.

  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

    I thought Geather was the future at nose tackle.

    • boltingindiego

      he might grow into it its that cam has struggled as a starter and is a fa after this season.

  • Will

    Brandon Taylor needs to get his ass on the damn field already!

    • Gunnar Martin

      Never thought I’d ever like one of your comments.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        hahahaha… was thinking the same thing!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Gilchrist is never going to be anything more than a guy, hopefully Taylor is more than that, if he can play the coaches better put Taylor in.

  • Thomas

    Drafting a cb in the first round kid doesn’t seem like a good idea.. We need a explosive olb or maybe even a safety .. Second round CB. Third a dlinemen we need depth and I think geathers is a beast and will grow into our NT cause babyzilla ain’t cuttin it!!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Have to agree a pass rusher, Van Noy (BYU) or Mack (Buffalo) seem to be the most likely, second round CB/OG/RB/S by going best player available.

      • Julien Bélair

        i have to agree with that

  • Sergio Quintero

    Pass rusher in the first round, a corner in the second, a RB in the third, and OG in the fourth.

    To put names to needs:
    1. Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
    2. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon
    3. Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
    4. Anthony Steen OG Alabama

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    so u didn’t put too much stock into all that Cam Smash hype???
    They do need a NT, but who????

  • blu3ny3llow

    I don’t know where they’d be pick…but for now I’d say middle of the pack….so in the 1st round a LT(even if Dunlap keeps doing good) if not maybe that big boy from Tennessee (hopefully in the second)..2nd if if not any of the above maybe CB or RB…and a olb in the third (I don’t think a olb would be a hood idea for the 1st ..I guess depends)…. but with Melvin and hopefully freeney coming back don’t know if OLB should be picked b4 a LT or NT

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Unless Taylor comes in and dominates. . No question in my mind… strong safety. We CANNOT afford to keep skipping this position of need. Look at how many plays have gone over the middle this year. A center, and a RG our in our future, as well. Nick Hardwick was contemplating retirement last year. Who would we have if he calls it quits? Orhnberger? Pffffftttt.

    Also, we need to find Clary’s replacement. We can get another CB in FA for now. We just need to get a good number one CB this time, since we’ll have more $ to work with.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    NT – Cam Thomas just isn’t cutting it! Liuget is getting double teamed almost every play. We need a NT that can command double teams. Louis Nix is 6’3 & 340 and is an absolute monster. He’ll do all the dirty work which will make Luiget and Reyes that much better.

  • Tazzster

    Best available defensive player…

    That is who they should draft.

    Selfishly though, if they have an opportunity to nab Bishop Sankey (if he comes out early and is available) I would do it.