Questions for San Diego Chargers roster after the draft

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Jason Verrett (TCU) poses for a photo with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number twenty-five overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the San Diego Chargers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Some questions still remain after the NFL Draft. We were able to answer a lot of the questions with the players that we selected in the NFL draft, but there are a few things that we will have to wonder going into training camp and into the regular season.

We filled a lot of the holes around the roster with the players that we picked up in the drat, but here are a few areas that we will have to address as we get closer to training camp and such:

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  • Nick Lee

    I wouldn’t mind signing a veteran like Austin or Holmes. Tevin Reese is an OK pick but we do need more.

  • BuhaySD

    I must admit, I was a little disappointed we took an OG in the 3rd when there were still some very talented and fast WR’s available at that point. I think WR was a much bigger need and by trading away our 4th rounder, most likely they would all be gone by the 5th (which they were). Overall though I’m pretty happy with the draft class. Can’t wait to see what they can do on the field!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i was bummed to pass on a wide receiver as well at that time, but Watt seems like a good addition to the roster. not going to get too pissed about it

  • Rob Base

    Torrence Allen, WR, Micah Hatfield, WR id keep an eye on. Can stretch the feild. Hatfield has injury concerns but is fast. Allen is a baller. Brelan Chancellor, WR/KR , Chris Davis CB can bring in some completion for return duties. I think bringing in a vet WR is also a good option. Lots of speed and completion for the rookies in camp. It could get interesting Ernie.

  • Jordan Denning

    Chargers ended up a top 5 offense last season and probably could have been even higher with better play calling. In my eyes, the biggest problem from last season was the injury bug biting the offensive line, so I really like the pick up of watt. We seemed to move the ball pretty well last season with Allen, Brown, Royal, Gates, Etc.

    It would be nice to add someone else, but it seems like our depth at wr is actually pretty decent IF Malcom Floyd can come back

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      IF… agreed, but he has durability concerns already before the injury. After Floyd, there really is no option. Teams started doubling Allen at the end of the year. need someone to step up and make plays. Brown wasnt able to beat the single coverage

      • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

        This is why Ladarius needs to be in more with Gates at the same time…Listed as a TE, but plays like a WR

        • http://WWW.BEMCC.ORG Steve Diaz

          I agree. I have liked Ladarius from the start. Can’t wait to see what he can do with more playing time!

  • Kevin

    If Watt can force Clary’s hand at restructuring his deal then I am definitely OK with the pick. That would allow for some cap to sign a decent WR option in FA.

    I also think that Chancelor and Davis have a pretty good shot at making the team and contributing at the PR and KR positions.

    I want to see Grice in action so we can determine whether or not he can fill Woodhead’s role at a discount after this season.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Woodhead’s role at a discount? I think Woodhead is barely making $1 mill. He came to us cheap. If he is good still, we should keep him and pay him. Clary and some others make a ton more than Woodhead. Grice has years to go to have the football smarts that Woodhead has. Heck, we are paying Brown more than Woodhead.

      • Gunnar Martin

        I don’t think he was saying Woodhead was super-duper expensive, just that Grice would still be cheaper. You’re right, it probably won’t be much to keep him on the team next year, but it will be even less to just stick with Grice (if they feel comfortable with that).

      • Robert Fairbanks

        Next to Keenan Allen, Woodhead is the best player on the roster, what a steal.

  • Tazzster

    Ernie, I think you pointed out the remaining weak spots.

    I think Dontrelle Inman was our WR pickup. I expect him to be 2nd or 3rd on the depth chart by the time camp is out.

    I think Marion Grice will be our answer as a return man. He appears to be very illusive.

  • Tazzster

    As for other areas…. I think as the year plays out and looking to next year’s draft…. It will be time to upgrade the D-Line.

    I think our second need in 2015 will be O-line.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i wouldnt be surprised to see us needing a wide receiver in 2015 as our top need.

  • Julien Bélair

    allen will not return punts. he is our #1 receiver

    • Gunnar Martin

      No way Jose!

  • http://WWW.BEMCC.ORG Steve Diaz

    I think you’re right. Having the 6ft 6 Ladarius Green will be a huge option in two tight end sets. He is a speedster and deserves more playing time. Green is the reason we did not go for a WR until next year. With KA, M80, Gates and Green, Royal in the slot, and Matthews/D Brown/Woodhead/ and now Grimes out of the backfield or lined up as a receiver, our Offense is looking good. Since Frank Reich is a former QB, I’m hoping he will have more creative play option schemes. It looks like ball control is our strategy again since we have such a strong backfield. Look for us to get more WR depth off the waiver wire, and bring in some veterans now. We have a tough schedule against the NFC West’s best defenses, so a strong running game and play option should be a big factor. We now have a lot of youth and speed, which was TT’s stated goal from the start….

    • Stefanie Smith

      I agree, Steve. During the draft, I forget about who we already have. Why do I do that? I have no clue. Ladarius Green will be huge this year.

  • Sergio Quintero

    A few of my questions made it to Gehlken:

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Taking Chis Watt in the 3rd round what does that mean about Clary situation on the chargers roster?

    Michael Gehlken: Everything I’ve been told thus far has given me no reason to anticipate Jeromey Clary being off this roster come Week 1. The Chargers took Chris Watt because they really liked the guard and needed to get younger on the offensive line. At worst, in 2014 ,he could sub at guard and be possibly molded as the center of the future. I still think it’s possible we’ll see Clary’s contract restructured. Big number: $4.55 million base salary.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Telesco doesn’t seem to like picking athlete underachiever players he had a chance to pick Roby & Moncrief, there really seem to be pattern towards productive players and against Height/Weight/Speed prospects?
    Michael Gehlken: He does put a lot of stock in what he sees on film. No doubt.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Surprised the chargers waited till the 7th round to get a WR, what does that mean for Brown and Floyd?

    Michael Gehlken: That could be considered a vote of confidence in what the Chargers have currently. They definitely see potential in Vincent Brown and, from a spirit and attitude standpoint, are encouraged by what they’ve seen from Malcom Floyd during the voluntary workout program.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Any UDFA in particular you like to continue the streak of UDFA’s making the roster, your thoughts on Auburn’s Chris Davis?

    Michael Gehlken: Cornerback is a tough spot. Very crowded with youth. Davis would have to impress. At least one spot on the practice squad will be up for grabs. … It was around this time last year, a little later in the month, that Jahleel Addae was my pick to click. Too early to make a similar prediction now. I want to see rookie minicamp and OTAs first. But Arizona State safety Alden Darby is one to watch.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    With the chargers adding Attaochu to the roster, which OLB’s are lock to make the roster and which are fighting for a spot in preseason?

    Michael Gehlken: I’d be surprised if Melvin Ingram, Jarret Johnson, Dwight Freeney and Jerry Attaochu don’t top the depth chart. It’s pretty open from there between Tourek Williams, Larry English, Thomas Keiser and Co.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Is there a competition for the starting Strong Safety in preseason? Is Brandon Taylor part of that competition?

    Michael Gehlken: Mike McCoy would tell you the Chargers are looking for their best 11, and Brandon Taylor will determine his own role. And that’s true. Taylor, given his missed time to injury, the presence of Jahleel Addae and post-draft signing of Alden Darby, may be fighting more for a roster spot than he will a starting job.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Who are the candidates for the Kickoff and punt return duties? Are Reese & Grice candidates?

    Michael Gehlken: Them. WR Tobais Palmer. RB Kerwynn Williams. The undrafted rookie field produced some candidates, too.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Surprised the chargers didn’t draft an Offensive tackle? The chargers trust the development of Mike Harris and the health of King Dunlap?

    Michael Gehlken: Not surprised. I think we had a sense pre-draft that interior offensive line was the greater immediate need: http://www.utsandiego.com/n… . Chris Watt gives them needed youth and versatility on the inside.

    Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
    Any need you think still exists in this roster that wasn’t addressed in the draft?

    Michael Gehlken: No glaring needs. Wide receiver is the first position that comes to mind, but we’ve yet to see Tevin Reese, the four undrafted rookie signings and CFL prospect Dontrelle Inman on the practice field.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Dang Sergio, you are one persistent dude! Were all those from one chat room? Good questions, btw.

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      Good read Sergio! As always you deliver!

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

      Floyd hinted that the Chargers had faith in V-Brown. My new favorite is Darby. Hope he adds some much need depth at safety. Great comments Sergio!

  • Gunnar Martin

    I think the candidates for the PR and KR jobs (including the UDFAs we just picked up) are Marion Grice, Tevin Reese, Brelan Chancellor, and Chris Davis. I am personally skeptical of Reese playing back there because at his frame, he will be out of the league before we know it from getting hurt too much. I’d be more willing to consider him once he gained about ten to twenty pounds.

    • Nick in PB

      Gunnar, I agree. Seems like we have added a lot of return possibilities. The only question is, which ones can be the most valuable outside of just returning kicks. Chancelor looks awesome and he’s a little bigger than Reese. We already know about Davis. If he can earn a spot in the secondary, you never know. Reese wasn’t used that way but I would imagine that he’ll be put to the test there. Grice could have a future as a 3rd down back should we choose not to keep Woodhead. It sounds like a horrible plan but guys like that do get released. He’s a fan favorite but I’m sure he was in NE as well.

    • Why O Why

      Tevin Reese could force safeties back a few yards which will open up the underneath pass and help the running game. He has big play potential. He does have a small frame (5’11” 163lbs) but so does DeSean Jackson (5’10 175lbs) and defenses hate playing against him. I think the potential is scary good.

  • esco charger

    Everyone is still forgetting about our biggest need which is NT I don’t think its addressed yet they will run the ball right up the middle on us nothing to the outside but look at the Denver playoff game right down our throats

    • Gunnar Martin

      So you’re totally dismissing Carrethers?

  • Robert Fairbanks

    Now that we have Verrett who is going to start on the other corner?

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

      I think it will be an open competition at CB, just like every other position… including Verrett.

    • laidbackdc

      Probably Wright, he improved late in the season so he’d be my 1st choice