Chargers Draft

LA Chargers Draft: Ranking the top five 2021 NFL Draft needs

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers and DeShawn Williams #90 of the Denver Broncos prepare for the snap in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers and DeShawn Williams #90 of the Denver Broncos prepare for the snap in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Every team enters the draft with different needs. In the 2020 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers obviously addressed quarterback as well as some other positions. Some of the usual needs remain, like the offensive line.

But there’s some new positions in need of a draft boost this year as well. Let’s get into the top five.

LA Chargers biggest draft needs: 5. Linebacker

This isn’t a huge need. I certainly don’t think that Tom Telesco should use day one or two draft pick here yet. Kenneth Murray has become the main middle linebacker while Drue Tranquill will be returning from injury this season. Add in Kyzir White and that was the projected core group entering this season.

Depth is my concern here. Denzel Perryman is a crucial early down linebacker even if he played a more reserved role in 2020. Nick Vigil got more playing time following some linebacker injuries and performed admirably in his role. Both are free agents this offseason and will likely be looking for raised salaries based on the seasons they had.

If the Chargers bring both back, linebacker is much less of a need come draft time. As of now though, we shouldn’t necessarily expect either to come back until we get more information.

West Virginia’s Tony Fields II and Ohio State’s Tuf Borland could be two intriguing names to watch for the Bolts on day three of the draft.

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