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LA Chargers: Ranking the top five 2021 NFL Draft needs

Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers center Dan Feeney (66) and offensive guard Forrest Lamp (76) and offensive tackle Sam Tevi (69) in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers center Dan Feeney (66) and offensive guard Forrest Lamp (76) and offensive tackle Sam Tevi (69) in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Defensive end

This might be surprising to see as many people have the LA Chargers drafting an edge rusher in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Gregory Rousseau certainly is an interesting prospect and fits the billing of a fourth-sixth overall pick but he is not who the Chargers should take as it is not the biggest need.

The team certainly needs an edge rusher to replace Melvin Ingram. Ingram is hurt again and since he has been put on the IR a second time he is done for the year. With him being on the wrong side of 30 and battling injuries, chances are the Chargers do not bring him back in the offseason.

I just do not think that need is worth a first-round pick. Even without Ingram, the Chargers have Uchenna Nwosu to help ease the transition as well as the possibility of playing Jerry Tillery on the outside.

That still is not a fantastic offering, hence the need for an edge rusher, but the team is just fine spending a third-round pick on the position. They still have an elite edge rusher in Joey Bosa, reducing the need for a top-tier prospect on the other end of the line.

In a perfect world, yes, adding an elite prospect next to Joey Bosa would be very fun to watch. However, this is not a perfect world for the Chargers and they have other needs that absolutely need to be addressed first.

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