San Diego Chargers largest areas of need

By Ernie Padaon
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Nov 23, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) looks across the line during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Outside linebacker

The San Diego Chargers just renewed Melvin Ingram for another season and he will be with the Chargers for at least a couple more seasons. Jerry Attaochu was taken in the 2nd round and was supposed to bring a pass rush off of the edge for the team, but he struggled with some nagging injuries during the season. He finished his rookie season with 10 tackles and 2 sacks in his 11 games.

Melvin Ingram has 6 sacks in his 3 seasons in the league. His production needs to go up. He didn’t see much action in his rookie season and his last 2 seasons have been spent battling injuries.

The team needs to add another player into this mix. The bench is paper-thin with Cordarro Law and Tourek Williams as the main backups to the position. A playmaker needs to be added. A pass rusher needs to be brought on to disrupt plays.

In the Chargers 3-4 defensive scheme, the outside linebackers are trusted to bring the heat off of the edge, but our current linebackers finished last season with 6 total sacks. Both starters should have double that amount… each.

The team has brought in Randy Gregory, Bud Dupree and other top prospects and could spend their top selection on a playmaker at the position.