The LA Chargers, for the most part, are finished in free agency. What are the most important positions of need heading into the draft?
With the signings of Nick Vigil, Chris Harris, Linval Joseph, and Bryan Bulaga, the LA Chargers likely have completed most of their free-agent spending. There may be one or two depth players to be signed down the line, but the 2020 roster has taken shape prior to the draft.
As the draft is just a few weeks away, it’s important to go over the most crucial positions of need for the Chargers. The list goes in order from least to most in need of improvement. All five should be improved in some way during the draft or the remainder of the offseason.
A few positions came up short of making the list. Many consider quarterback to be a position of need, but considering the team has Tyrod Taylor and is likely drafting a quarterback, it doesn’t feel like that pressing of a need when considering the 2020 season. A few weeks ago, cornerback would’ve made the list. With the signing of Harris, it’s not as big of a need as it once was.
Prior to the signing of Vigil, linebacker may have been higher on the list. He’s a decent fit for linebacker depth in racking up tackles as well as a special teams fit. However, the reason the position ultimately lands on the list was the release of Thomas Davis.
Davis was inconsistent at times in his year with the Chargers, but he was the leading tackler on defense as well as an experienced veteran. It’s hard to replace that, but the Chargers feel confident in players like Kyzir White and Drue Tranquill. Denzel Perryman is still here for run support.
With that being said, it would still be nice to reaffirm the depth in the draft. 2020 isn’t a great linebacker draft, but it’s certainly better than the options left in free agency. Unless they take Isaiah Simmons, which would be lovely, it’s likely it’ll be addressed between the fourth and sixth rounds. Jacob Phillips or Logan Wilson could be players to keep an eye on here.