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San Diego Chargers Outside Linebackers Upgrade?

Should we or shouldn’t we draft a pass rusher?

With Melvin Ingram, Dwight Freeney and Larry English coming back healthy, this could be one of the deepest pass rushing crews in the league. Plus you can’t forget Jarret Johnson, Thomas Keiser, Tourek Williams and newly acquired Conrdarro Law. The Chargers ended the season with 35 sacks, 20 in the first eight games and 15 for the last eight. Keiser led all of the linebackers with 4.5. Imagine that a 5th string outside linebacker snatching up quarterbacks almost 5 times.

Next year with everybody healthy and coach John Pagano tweaking his playbook to get his linebackers to get turned up, has got me really excited for this year’s outside linebackers crew as it stands now! This group of players can play in a 3-4 outside linebacker role or even at a 4-3 defensive end, so offenses beware. These linebackers are gonna keep bringing that heat to the your front porch . I feel that strong for this group.

Lets say we did get a pass rusher, if I had to choose one, it has to be in the 5th round.  Morgan Breslin out of USC, 13 sacks in 2012, a monster at the line. last year he played five games, piling up 4.5 sacks and playing with a sports hernia. Mr Bresline kept playing cause he didn’t want let his team down, but he notice he was actually hurting his team, so he had surgery to repair his groin.

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  • Martens Ernest

    I feel that we should stick with corners and NTs that would help our def a lot. Then maybe draft a WR also

    • Julien Bélair

      brandin cooks or bechkam are my two favorite

  • Gunnar Martin

    Honestly, I think people are overstating our need for an outside linebacker. I can understand why, but it’s important to realize that Super Mel, Freeney, Keiser, and Johnson (& English, but everyone knows he doesn’t count) all missed substantial amounts of playing time last year. This year, we have all those guys back healthy, plus a few others. I like the idea of developing Tourek. Cordarro Law also has fascinating potential.

    All in all, our pass rush should be immensely better this season. It might not be a bad idea to pick up a guy with value like Attauchu if he slips to the third, but our focus should be on NT, CB, OL, playmakers, etc.

    • lilHurricane

      A lot of good things should come from this group. Morgan Breslin can be on IT after preseason and have him watch like what the 49ers did Marcus Latimore.

    • Rob Base

      Attauchu in 3rd would be a steal also Zumwalt in 3rd or 4th rd can play OLB & ILB. I’m really hoping for Van Noy but will likely be gone by 2nd rd

    • ioane

      That’s the problem. Freeney has been an injury risk the past 2 to 3 seasons. English is an injury risk every season. Johnson is also starting to wear down and Ingram had a knee injury last year. Outside of Ingram, the rest of our pass rushers can’t be counted on to stay healthy.

      So what happens if they get hit with the injury bug again and we are left thin at the position?

      We also don’t know the future of Freeney, English and JJ. With our cap figure, all of these guys are expendable.

      I think Freeney is likely gone as a cap casualty.

      We should get a more clearer picture of where we might target in the draft pending on what we do in free agency.

      • Julien Bélair

        we could be in the same kind of situation next year than this year… plus a young pure pass rusher would not hurt

    • Julien Bélair

      If Attaochu is there is the third rd which I highly doubt, take him !

  • lilHurricane

    We do have 8 draft picks this year, just got to make them count .If you were telesco would you draft a cornerback early. When you have wright and cox. Yes cox had a bad year but its not that he sucks its more of adjusting. Then we have Steve Williams I don’t know. You know where I’m coming from

  • RZ

    I think TT picks up a Nose Tackle via FA, so I think the Boltz go with a Corner first round and have the CB’s battle it out to see who starts.We’re good at OLB’s as long as they stay healthy..but that’s just the deal with every squad, staying healthy. I’m also hoping they sign Butler soon because that will change things around also. GO BOLTZ!!

    • lilHurricane

      Make sure you check out tomorrow morning

  • blu3ny3llow

    I think they will pick up a OLB between rnd 3-7…unless there’s a real cant miss prospect in the 1st

  • ioane

    I hope our draft would be something like this.

    1. Louis Nix NT – Biggest need IMO
    2. Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
    3. Stanley Jean-Babtiste CB
    4. Donte Moncrief WR
    5. James Hurst T/G
    6. Dri Archer KR
    7. Taylor Hart DE- its a long shot, but he had a poor combine and I hope that causes him to fall. The man can play and is a nasty player.

    • Julien Bélair

      moncrief is more a second rounder at this point. plus I don’t want archer a want a true back up RB

    • gpack17

      i like your thoughts on this for the most part…but jean baptiste wont be there when we pick at the end of round 3 so we would need to get him in 2..hurst is clary way archer stays to round 6 after his combine and regardless id probably rather go with gaffney, freeman, or wilder there..and moncrief most likely will be gone however im not a big fan of his..would like to see us get brandon coleman tho…my ideal would be…
      1. Louis Nix- NT
      2. Stanley Jean-Baptiste- CB
      3. Cyril Richardson- OG (stock is dropping)
      4. Brandon Coleman- WR (6’5 wr)
      5. Morgan Breslin/Devon Kennard/Ronald Powell- OLB
      6. Deanthony Thomas- KR (if available, if not, take a chance on low risk high reward corner)
      7. Tyler Gaffney/James Wilder- RB

  • TheTrueBlu

    Kyle Van Noy in the first round. He is a great athlete that has room to bulk up.

  • Julien Bélair

    I think it depends on Freeney. If he can’t play then we need a pass rusher badly

  • C.Steele

    Alex. I think you are correct sir. OLB is not as big of a concern as pundits make it out to be. But, I’m not as high as you are on our sack potential. I think we will be average, unless the young guys come on: keiser, Williams & Law. However, being average does does give us the flexibility to use draft pics to fill actual areas of need: CB, NT, OL, WR.

    In addition, we get a FA NT that can command a double team or just be disruptive in the middle our OLB & ILB will shine.


  • ltmariod

    Just because you have a lot of linebackers, doesn’t mean that they are good pass rushers. It is a bad thing when your 5th string OLB has the most sacks. It means your starters couldnt do their jobs.

  • micah

    then draft ryan shazier in round 2. he would complete our linbacking core and capitalize on the versatility you mentioned, because he could probably play both 3-4 and 4-3 linebacker, and is really fast.