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Los Angeles Chargers: Breaking down the 2020 NFL Draft needs

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

While the Los Angeles Chargers did sign cornerback Chris Harris, there is still a need at outside corner opposite of Casey Hayward.

While most expected the Los Angeles Chargers to go find an outside cornerback in free agency, the team surprised the fan base by signing former Broncos corner and future hall of famer, Chris Harris. The reason this move was stunning? Harris explained in a phone call that he would be playing slot corner, and that new fellow teammate, Desmond King, would likely be moving to safety.

Immediately, this made me believe the team would be playing King in the Dime Safety/LB role that former Charger Adrian Phillips played, but recent comments from Lynn seem to suggest that the team will be having King and Harris compete for slot corner.

Now, I’d take this with a grain of salt, as Lynn rarely actually says what he intends to do, but still, either way, there remains a hole opposite of Casey Hayward.

There are some options in the mid-rounds that fit what the Chargers have done prior to 2020, being a Cover 3 zone defense. Bryce Hall would fit this mold perfectly. However, the Chargers seem to be switching over to a more Man Coverage focused defense, meaning A.J. Green, who has met with the team, would be an ideal fit later in the draft. Green is a corner out of Oklahoma State that excels in man coverage, and could be the target for the Chargers.

Some other late-round options include Reid Harrison-Ducros out of Duquesne, Troy Pride Jr out of Notre Dame, Harrison Hand out of Temple, and Michael Ojemudia out of Iowa. The name nobody should count out, is of course Jeff Okudah out of Ohio State. If Okudah is still available with the sixth selection, it could be insanely difficult for Telesco to pass on him.

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