December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) reacts after a stop during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Eric D Williams on ESPN feels that the Chargers biggest need in the draft this offseason is at outside linebacker. Here are his thoughts:
San Diego also could use help in the defensive backfield and on the offensive line, but securing an elite pass-rusher off the edge is the team’s most pressing need heading into the 2014 draft. With Dwight Freeney out for the season with a torn quad, Melvin Ingram rehabbing from ACL knee surgery and Larry English not playing to the level of his draft status (No. 16 overall in 2009), the Chargers need an elite athlete who can create consistent pressure off the edge of the defense.
Outside linebacker AGAIN!? Why is this always at the top of our list? Next season, we will have Dwight Freeney back, Melvin Ingram back and Jarret Johnson on the roster. I wonder if we even stick with the 3-4 defense next season. That might be the bigger question with the defense.
As much as I would love another pass rusher on the defense, we need to fix the secondary! The secondary is in shambles. Derek Cox has been horrid. He has to step up in the final 8 games of the season. If he is unable to, then we have to move on in another direction.
The safety play next to Eric Weddle has been ugly. Eric Weddle ha had to put on a ton of different hats this season and has not been able to roam around and get to the football. Brandon Taylor can’t even get onto the football field. I wonder who starts next to Weddle next season. Will it be Addae or Taylor or will we draft someone.
Just get me the best player available. Get me a playmaker and we will find a spot for him to be on the field.