Although the Bolts have been relatively quiet thus far in free agency, they have recently acquired center Mike Pouncey and kicker Caleb Sturgis, addressing two positions of need. With the 2018 NFL Draft looming ahead, what position groups should the Chargers look at?
Positions that do not need to be addressed:
With the combination of stud tight end Hunter Henry, new addition Virgil Green and likely Antonio Gates, who remains unsigned, tight end is not a position of concern for the Bolts.
Although the Chargers picked a receiver in the first round last year, the group now seems to be deeper than ever. With Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, the Chargers have a very solid starting group. Plus, the Bolts have yet to see what they have in former first-round pick Mike Williams, so this position group is not one that needs to be addressed in this year’s draft.
Melvin Gordon had another strong season for the Chargers in 2017, and UDFA Austin Ekeler was a more than serviceable backup. Between those two, the running back group seems to be a less of a priority for the Bolts than it has been in years past.
Drew Kaser was phenomenal last season. Enough said.
Positions that need to be addressed:
Although the Bolts got some solid play from Denzel Perryman in 2017 (when he was available), the Chargers need some significant work at the position. Jatavis Brown had a less than ideal season, and the Bolts’ linebackers struggled so much in coverage that DC Gus Bradley resorted to using safety Adrian Phillips at the position. The Chargers should definitely look to address this position early in the draft.
The other biggest position of concern for the Chargers in 2017 was one of the biggest reasons for the Chargers’ woes stopping the run. Current defensive tackles Corey Liuget and Brandon Mebane had mediocre seasons at best, but with Liuget now being suspended for four games, the position really must be addressed in the draft. Expect the Chargers to pick a defensive tackle early on, perhaps even in the first round.
Positions that might need to be addressed:
Philip Rivers had yet another good season as the Chargers’ starter, and it seems that it will remain that way for the foreseeable future. However, the backup situation in Los Angeles is rather messy, so it is not impossible that the Chargers could look to find the successor to the future HOF quarterback.
Although the Chargers signed center Mike Pouncey in free agency and will get back 2017 second-round pick Forrest Lamp (missed last season with torn ACL), the offensive line is still a questionable position for the Bolts. While it seems that they may be content with their current lineup, do not be surprised if the Chargers look for some depth players at the position.
If you watched any Chargers game last season, you know that this position was poor last year. But the Chargers already signed Caleb Sturgis, so it seems unlikely that the Bolts will draft a kicker, but it remains to be seen.
What position do you think the Chargers need to address in the upcoming draft? Let us know in the comments.