San Diego Chargers Offseason Gameplan

By Ernie Padaon
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Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) blocks San Diego Chargers defensive end Sean Lissemore (98) at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Who knows what the San Diego Chargers gameplan is going to be going into free agency. Last season they had a much higher draft spot and a million holes that they needed to plug away at. The amount of holes on the roster are not as plentiful as they were a season ago, so the team can focus in on those areas of need going into the draft.

Looking at the roster right now, the biggest areas of need are at the nose tackle position and at the corner spot. Those are areas that we instantly want to upgrade. The other spots on the roster are not as desperate. Jahleeel Addae can man one safety spot. The pass rushing need is still there, but we can work with Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram on the outside with Jarret Johnson and some added depth at the position. If we start the season with the same offensive line as we did last season, it wouldn’t be a terrible thing.

Find that corner and nose through free agency. Both positions are tough to fill with rookies. Those positions usually take some time to grow into and we should find some experienced players that can
get the job done for us now. At the corner spot, bring in a veteran that can play on the outside. Bring in a Sam Shields or something like that. We are not going to bring in the top guy, but we should be able to bring in someone who can lock it down for a few seasons.

At the nose tackle position, bring in a vet that can hold it down for a couple of seasons. Even Aubrayo Franklin would be better than anything we had on the roster last season. There was a reason why our defense played better the season before with Frankling plugging up the middle. Bring in someone who knows how to play the position. His name doesn’t have to be flashy. He just needs to get the job done. That is what the nose position is all about.

Once you find those guys in free agency, that opens up the world in the NFL Draft. You don’t have to take a corner with the top pick. You can truly go into that draft and select a stud that can help on either side of the ball. We can find playmakers. We can focus on adding some speed onto the roster. We can bring in a stud wide receiver at the top of the draft. We can bring in a stud offensive lineman at the top of the draft. We don’t have to be pigeonholed into selecting a certain positon with our draft picks.