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San Diego Chargers Pre-Draft Defensive Starting Lineup


The defense is far from finished, but here is what the defense looks as it stands today:

DE – Corey Liuget
NT – Sean Lissemore
DE – Kendall Reyes
OLB – Melvin Ingram
MLB – Donald Butler
MLB – Manti Te’o
OLB – Dwight Freeney
CB – Shareece Wright
CB – Richard Marshall
SS – Jahleel Addae
FS – Eric Weddle

Sean Lissemore is the starting nose tackle on the roster. It seems that the team is content with keeping him in that position for the coming season. There still needs to be some depth placed behind him though. Lissemore had some injuries that he fought through last season and could use a veteran presence (like Aubrayo Franklin) to take some snaps from him.

At outside linebacker, it will be nice to have Melvin Ingram on the field for the whole season. He can be moved around on the defense and will likely be coming off of the edge. Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson will be working on the opposite side and will likely get on the field depending on the situation. The team might add another pass rusher onto the roster in the draft. 

What if the starters in the secondary doesn’t change? Will Pagano trust a rookie corner in the secondary? I just vomited in my mouth thinking about the situation, but how far-fetched really is that thought?

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  • gpack17

    either way even if it doesnt improve much this offseason..thats the lineup that played well at the end of the year with lissemore, marshall, addae..the plus side is we will have better depth with ingram and williams back and some additions of connor and ghee

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

      I want to see a much buffer Manti also.

      • gpack17

        if you follow him on instagram he looks like he has added some upper body mass…especially since he couldnt do much with his lower half after foot surgery…

  • Julien Bélair

    the rost case scenario is that we draft a cb in the first round and pagano doesn’t start him !

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

      And I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised.

      Having said that, I don’t think I have voiced this very much, but I am not all that mad at Marshall starting, if he does well in pre-season, and early on. I thought he made some heads up plays, and at least stopped the bleeding. With Cox out of the picture, and probably his best competition being a rookie… this might be his time to step up and get recognized, and try to make a bug impact in his second year here. Especially now that he feels more comfortable in the system, and with his teammates. I am going to give the guy a chance.

      • 619chargers4life

        Every corner on our roster knows there is going to be a compitition for a starting spot . It should bring out the best in these guys . I love it .

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

          I hope the CB’s are staying fit, and working on their technique this offseason. If there is one area that needs to step up, it’s them. I hope they aren’t just taking it easy, and partying too much.. although I hope they do a little of that to relax as well.

          • Julien Bélair

            and watch out guys cause Ghee might steel a starting job if healthy but if we draft a CB in the first round I want him to be a starter week1 no matter what

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

            At this point… it’s a “free for all” of CB’s who are just about equally average.. I sometimes worry less about Marshall, than I do about Wright. Whomever the best defenders are on day one should get the job… even if it means that the draft pick doesn’t. He will have to get up to NFL speed, just like everyone else. Nothing is guaranteed, nor do I feel like he is an immediate bust if he isn’t a starter on day one. CB is a tough position to come right in, and perform at a high level. I think teams put a lot of pressure on them, expect far too much, and then break their confidence doing it. I think that might be the case with Claiborne & Milliner. Our draft pick will get his chance, and get his time on the field, without a doubt. Let them get their feet under them first, unless they are far & away the best player out there.

          • Julien Bélair

            well that is why Verrett make so much senses. He is a good fit for the defence and he can get the starting nickel spot and when he is ready he will get the cb1 or cb2 spot

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

            I can agree with that. Steve Williams could have something to say about that too… But, I would HOPE that Verrett is better, after all the hype.. lol. See what I mean though? More & more, Gilchrist seems to be slipping out of the picture, unless Marshall tanks… which he is probably better on the outside than Gilly is.

          • Julien Bélair

            ya well Gilly is serviceable but he is nothing but below average at everything…

          • Julien Bélair

            I hope williams will be good but right now we can’t count on him…

          • Stefanie Smith

            Julien: See what I mean about rookies? Yeah, some are good, but some never make it. Goodell says something like 3 out of 5 are out in three years. Something like that. We are already writing off Williams—one of our great draft picks who is supposed to build this great team.

            My problem with that is when do we pull the plug and get a known commodity (FA) for particular positions? In five years from now, I hope we are not saying, it will be another five years while we look for draft picks and give them a few years to learn the system.

            To me, if Williams does not have an impact on the Chargers–then it was a waste of time and any money spent. And Ingram better be out there doing something this year. We are going on year 3 with him and he is injured most of the time.

          • Julien Bélair

            I agree Ingram is very close from being a bust at this point. We will be able to tell after next year.

            Ehat I meant about Williams is that we can’t count on him so we have to draft a cb early. If he is very good well then perfect. We would have williams Wright and a rook to develop. But I am not tossing him out at all

          • Stefanie Smith

            You are absolutely right in your analysis. We can’t depend on him. That is the problem with banking on the draft to get us to the promised land. It doesn’t work as the sole means of getting talent on your team. It should supplement experience. They fizzle out. In fact, a good portion of those drafted are going to fizzle out. I just don’t want to be like those mice on the wheel—spinning and going nowhere. Trouble with the Chargers is we want all of the players we draft to be starters and be great. Not likely or even realistic.

          • Julien Bélair

            I agree with you on that. Just look at how much hate two got this year… man give the guy a freaking break !! But that’s why..IMO… the first round pick should always be a sure pick. Gambles pick should always be on later rounds on players that were GREAT performer in small school.
            For example, don’t gamble on Fuller or Roby or Benjamin in the first rd.

          • arnie

            If we go according to your logic, Rivers would not be in the NFL at all. He sat on the bench for 2 season. This is why the you “develop” players through the draft. Low risk high reward. They are younger, “healthier”, faster, and cheaper.
            Case in point. The Superbowl Champions? That team is a product of four years of good “drafting”. Pete Carrol has a system of scouting specific players for each position.
            There were only a “handful” of FA brought in. The core of the team was drafted.

          • arnie

            I disagree. If you can’t count on Williams to got out there an play for a starter role, than a 1st rounder will not change that this year. They are both unproven in the NFL. It’s not WHERE you draft but WHO.
            As for as Ingram, he is nowhere near a bust. The young man has played outstanding football. It’s unfortunate his playing time was limited by norv, and a torn ACL slowed him down this year. The reality is Melvin has been a versatile OLB that can play pass rush, run a, coverage.

          • Julien Bélair

            he has not played outstanding football at all…. he played slitly above average.

            have you watch williams play at least? we know nothing about him. it reminds me of how people thought V.Brown would be great…. why? he only had 350yards and now he will beast out?

            we got to have realistic expectation

          • arnie

            Really? Ingram had a major injury in second year and Williams in his rookie, and we are flirting with unreliable an bust labels?
            Ingram came back, when most players shouldn’t and he played outstanding.

        • Trey P

          We have really turned in to the colts lol Telesco needs to get outside help on gettiing defensive backs lol

          • Stefanie Smith

            But we’re the Chargers. Colts aren’t all that.

          • Trey P

            Im saying the colts always had bad corners

  • 619chargers4life

    Anybody ever notice that rookie corners are kind of like rookie QB’s. They need time to develop. Every once in a while a corner comes in or a QB comes in the nfl and just shines, but it’s few and far between . If our rookie corner can’t hang, then yes I can see us looking the same as we did at the end of last season with our starting corners .

    • Stefanie Smith

      You are so right. Charger fans and sometimes the Chargers’ management throws these guys right in there as a starter. We actually delude ourselves that they can take us deep into the play offs. Nice if they can contribute that much, but not likely straight out of college.

      • Julien Bélair

        that’s right

  • Edward Sherman

    good pass rush sure helps d bs in our division this year they will be tested.

  • esco charger

    I dont think they are content with lessimore they need depth not just at NT but all around the D line we have enough corners so I doubt we draft 2 corners in this draft I think the linebackers are the strength of the defense but I think we will draft a NT,CB,WR,OG,OLB,DE,SS maybe even in that order but this draft will be defensive heavy hope they find good value in all rounds. love this site guys the topics are great keep the good work going

    • gpack17

      idk about that, just listening to what a lot of guys inside the organization it is exactly the opposite…they loved what lissemore did..also keep in mind geathers will be healthy and jerideau will get a chance…

  • Edward Sherman

    is anyone throwing up red flags yet on Manti?

    • esco charger

      Not at all he was a rook and played with a broken foot for most of the year if he can play like that as a rookie and a broken foot I want to see what he can do with a year under his belt and a healthy foot

      • Stefanie Smith

        Fair enough. Too early to bail. Some sports folks say the game is too big for him. You have to admit when he was out there he did not make an impact. In fact, there were some plays where he made it worse. But yeah, another year. So far he hasn’t done anything real bad or real good.

        • Trey P

          Remeber how ling it took Shaun Phillips to bloom..The world is ina I need it now or show me now mindset!!! No patience. Smh

          • Gunnar Martin

            Thank you! Time is a valuable thing.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Guy: If you are a true Chargers’ fan, we have been waiting for somebody to do something since our last SB appearance. Yeah, I’d say fans are running out of patience.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Some of you guys want it both ways. Have rookies be starters then say wait for them to grow up into the game. No. If they aren’t ready to be starters, then they shouldn’t be starting. We are trying to win games now. This shouldn’t be a venue for rookies to learn on the job. They can do that on their own time.

          • arnie

            In case you haven’t noticed, the NFL is “on the job training”. That is why TT picks up experienced players in FA, and let’s the competition in camp determine if a rookie can be a starter right now.
            At the end of the day it’s about putting the best players on the field to win Football games. Manti was a better player that Bront Bird hands down.

  • Daryl Peek

    It will be interesting to see if Ingram starts over Johnson. I don’t know about that one? I see Brandon Ghee contending for the other CB. Outside of injury he was said to be very promising in Cincy.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Daryl: Go check this guy out some more. The guy rarely played. He has had numerous injuries. But he has a good attitude and still wants to play. Hopefully, he is talented and can stay healthy. He rode the bench a lot in Cincinnati.

      • Daryl Peek

        I’ve seen the numbers on him as far as PT goes. We paid him pretty good and McCoy is known for creating an open competition. I’m just saying.

        • arnie

          I agree. If he can’t play, or stay healthy, he will be gone like Cox and patrick.

    • Trey P

      Why wouldn’t ingram not start over Johnson. Thats not even a thought on anyones mind I gurantee ingram will start now freeney might not

      • Daryl Peek

        As others have pointed out, JJ is a run stopper who’s great at setting the edge and Ingram is more of a pass rusher. That’s why.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Super Mel can do both. You can have him play everything on one side and then have JJ and Freeney replace each other on the opposite side. Makes the most sense.

          • Daryl Peek

            We’ll see.

          • Gunnar Martin

            *Raised eyebrow*

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Common sense is not so common.

          • Daryl Peek

            Facts that have played out are often ignored for feelings

        • Stefanie Smith

          But Super Melvin has to stay healthy for a season. Season 3 and we haven’t seen much of him.

          • arnie

            What do you mean Healthy? This was his first injury as i recall. Also Melvin’s performance is night and day, versus the lack of opportunities and development by norv. norv relied heavily in veterans, when they got injured he brought in FA to start, instead of turning to his roster.
            Case in Point? Ladarius Green was on the roster last season under norv, most didn’t even know he existed. Got a play, dropped pass, in think, and we never saw him again. Under McCoy, he’s proving to be a a future star.

    • gpack17

      if ingram starts it will be over freeney..freeney coming off of an injury and mainly being a pass rusher..johnson is a huge help in the run defense and thats what he is known for..so we kinda need him in the early downs..

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      What??

  • Stefanie Smith

    They are saying that 30 out of 32 teams showed up to watch Manziel Only Cleveland and Chicago had no reps there. Why are we sending scouts to watch this guy? for fun? or what? Denver had somebody there? lol Green Bay–not likely.

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

      Due Diligence? If he were to fall to us (which I know is unlikely)… he would probably be the BPA.. depending on how you see it… then you could pick him, and trade him to another team (like we did with Eli) for a bunch of good players. Or, just let him ride the pine behind Rivers as a solid back-up, until some team needed a quarterback SO bad, that they trade you the farm… or, you just keep him on the team as insurance.

      BTW… I am announcing my surprise tomorrow ; )

      • Stefanie Smith

        Everyone is commenting on it over at nfl.com. I doubt Pete Carroll was there or Coach McCoy or Jim Harbaugh or Bill B. The nfl.com writer is likely exaggerating and making stuff up. Plus there were other Texas A& M guys there. WR Evans and somebody else.

        And as to the surprise, Pete. The crowds are getting restless. I think Marcel and Julien were lighting a torch and going to yell…”Pete, we know you’re in there… come out with your hands up now!”

        Can’t wait to hear your news.

        • Julien Bélair

          hahahahahaha he had no choice but to announce it tomorrow !

          • Stefanie Smith

            Yep. Soon we would be yelling to Pete “Dead man walkin”! if he didn’t tell us.

          • Julien Bélair

            I’m not even sure this is a real announce at this point

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

            It’s my birthday today… that’s an announcement in itself.. lol.

          • Julien Bélair

            mmmmm that’s what I was afraid of…

          • Gunnar Martin

            HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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

            Thanks Gunnar. You my DOOOOOGGGGGGG!

          • arnie

            HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

            Thanks Arnie! You da man.

      • Daryl Peek

        How awesome would this be? The Texans draft Clowney first overall while we trade Manziel to them for their 2nd and 4th round pick.

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

          YES!!!!!

      • 619chargers4life

        Yay tomorrow !!!!!

    • gpack17

      or the fact that he has a receiver named mike evans that is pretty good..and we kinda need a receiver..so if we throw an area scout there when a&m is one of the only schools with a pro day today then why not take a look…it doesnt say anything about our gm or scouting directors or anyone else there just an area scout…

      • Stefanie Smith

        This was not Texas A & M Pro Day. That already happened. So no. It was Manziel’s pro day. And Evans, but not really. He was an afterthought. Zimmer from Minnesota thought it was a side show and too choreographed. He is like Tim Tebow but without the religious aspect. It is all about him.

        I think Mike Mayock has a man crush on Manziel.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Why do you think we need another receiver? Mike Evans is not coming our way. No way no how. Steelers are looking at Evans and are ahead of us.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    This draft will focus strongly on the Defense…I expect changes.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Cross off Wilfork. He re-signed with the Pats. I just posted it here because this is where everyone is hanging for now.

  • Stefanie Smith

    And go figure. Shaun Phillips goes to the Titans. I could punch Whisenhunt. Just thought I’d add that.

  • Nick Mansoor

    I don’t think Telescope wants to roll with Lissemore next season. He has already visited a couple of NT so far, so it definetly seems like an area of concern for the Chargers