Chargers Draft

Los Angeles Chargers 2018 draft preview: Positions team should be looking to bolster

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 02: Mike McGlinchey
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 02: Mike McGlinchey
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SAN DIEGO – NOVEMBER 13: Corey Liuget #94 of the San Diego Chargers pressures Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on November 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO – NOVEMBER 13: Corey Liuget #94 of the San Diego Chargers pressures Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on November 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

If you’re going to make a list of top positional needs for the Chargers, I don’t know how defensive tackle can’t be No. 1 on it.

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It was likely already the top positional need, but the recent suspension of Corey Liuget makes it a must that the Chargers address this spot early, if not in he first round.

Vita Vea, Da’Ron Payne and Maurice Hurst are all players who should be on Telesco’s radar in this draft, specifically because the team will be without Liuget for the first four games of the season and because Brandon Mebane seems to have lost a step and recently turned 33 years old.

The only other defensive tackles on the depth chart are Damion Square, Tenny Palepoi and Kaleb Eulls. The position must be upgraded.

Tight end

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after scoring a first half touchdown reception against the New York Jets in an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after scoring a first half touchdown reception against the New York Jets in an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Tight end shouldn’t be a huge concern to the team, which to this point, has chosen not to re-sign Antonio Gates. Still, I don’t see much behind Hunter Henry other than a great blocking tight end in Virgil Green.

Using a late-round choice on a player like Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli or Indiana’s Ian Thomas would not be a terrible move, and could allow the team to move on from guys like Sean McGrath and Asante Cleveland.

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