LA Chargers: Ranking the top five 2021 NFL Draft needs

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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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3. Cornerback

Many expected the LA Chargers to have an elite secondary in 2020 and boy were they wrong. To be fair, losing Derwin James certainly does not help, but this secondary has been pretty poor this season.

Casey Hayward has taken a huge step back and simply looks to be a step behind some of the bigger and faster wide receivers in the league. Chris Harris missed several weeks with injury and has not been that great when he is healthy and Nasir Adderley (at safety) has been really disappointing.

Michael Davis has stepped up and been better than expected but he hasn’t been a huge game changer and is a free agent after this season. Not to mention that Hayward and Harris both have massive cap hits next season with relatively low dead cap hits.

Simply put: don’t be shocked if Hayward and/or Harris gets cut to save money prior to next season. I would much rather see the Chargers cut one of them so they can re-sign Hunter Henry to a multi-year deal rather than hold onto them for one year and lose Henry.

Either way, the Chargers need to start building the cornerback room early in the 2021 NFL Draft and I personally would like to see the team take a cornerback in the second round, even though it is the third-ranked need on this list. That is because needs two and one are both similar, and should sandwich the cornerback selection.