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Bolt Beat Monday Mailbag: Chargers need to get help for Denzel Perryman

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Question 5: Would a run stuffing DT keep Perryman cleaner, which might correlate to less injuries? – DrJWC

Well, yes. Probably. That’s my real answer.

Here’s a try at something: I took the top 10 defensive tackles from the Bleacher Report NFL1000 article and wrote down the number of games that their corresponding starting middle linebackers played in throughout 2017. I ended up with eight guys (two teams didn’t have a true middle guy listed) playing a total of 110 games, at an average of 13.75 games per player. Three played 16 games, one played 15, two played 14, one 12 and the lowest at seven.

Denzel Perryman has averaged 11 games a year over his three-year career and has played in fewer games every year since his rookie season.

Did a good defensive tackle (those in the top 10) help keep their linebackers safer? Possibly. Something tells me playing behind Aaron Donald or Linval Joseph makes life a bit easier. That being said, Perryman’s best season of health (his rookie season) came while playing behind Sean Lissemore, who I think would be a notch behind Brandon Mebane. You could say he’s been less healthy behind a better defensive tackle.

Honestly though DrJWC? I would still vote yes. A run-stuffing defensive tackle would definitely keep Perryman cleaner, though whether or not that correlates to health remains to be seen. Any guesses yourself? Thanks for the question.

Question 6: In your opinion, if the two top LBs were already off the board and so were the two top DT’s, what would be the BPA and need? Maybe OT/OG, DE/another LB or even QB? – DrJWC

Good question. This depends on free agency. I’m assuming these are the holes to fill for now:

  • Safety
  • Linebacker
  • Offensive tackle
  • Defensive tackle

But if, let’s say, linebackers Roquan Smith/Tremaine Edmunds and defensive tackles Vita Vea/Da’Ron Payne (or Maurice Hurst if he’s your second-best DT) are off the board, then I’m going either Rashaan Evans or Derwin James (if he makes it). In terms of quarterback, it’s likely Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield are all gone by 17. So the Chargers won’t be taking a QB without moving up.

To answer your question, best player available (assuming the players I mentioned are taken) is likely safety Derwin James. In terms of need, you’ve got Rashaan Evans or Mike McGlinchey. For any fans that would be bummed about getting potentially the “third-best LB in the draft” (Evans), remember that Jason Verrett was the fourth corner taken at his position.