San Diego Chargers Pre-Draft Defensive Starting Lineup

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is pressured by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget (94) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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?