Forecasting Future San Diego Chargers: Defensive Line

By Paul Maland
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Dec 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) looks across the line during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

On paper it looks like the Chargers have a very stout defense. With both Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram both healthy, what reason is there to not be excited? I’ll give you one. The cold hard fact that the Chargers cannot find a way into opposing backfields. The team is ranked 29th overall in sacks with just 20 on the season. Our sack leader is Corey Liuget with 3.5. Liuget has been the only real consistent defensive factor this year. He has 10 tackles for loss in addition to those sacks. The next highest producer in tackles for loss is rotational linebacker Andrew Gachkar with 8, followed by Marcus Gilchrist with 5. Where is the edge presence? Where is the guy that’s going to automatically draw double-teams? I haven’t seem him yet, but he could be one of the many talents coming out in this 2015 NFL draft.

Here is a look at early, middle, and late-round candidates for the Chargers to scout in this years draft process. As we know the Chargers will be drafting in the second half of the round, I am not considering “sure-fire” top ten prospects.