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LA Chargers: 5 big roster holes that still exist after first week of free agency

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Trey Pipkins #79 after a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Trey Pipkins #79 after a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Cornerback

Yes, I am only including cornerback as the third-biggest roster hole on the LA Chargers. With many fans expecting the team to draft a corner in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft this may come as a surprise.

However, when we really analyze the situation, the Chargers only need to bring in 1-2 cornerbacks and we know for certain that one of those is going to come early in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team has one starting outside corner and its starting slot corner in Chris Harris. The depth is not great, but they do have Brandon Facyson back to be the CB4.

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If Michael Davis would not have re-signed then this would be the top need for the team but with him on the roster, the Chargers should be able to at least figure the position out. Brandon Staley is a great defensive coach and the Chargers likely do not need that big-name prospect of free agent to help fill the roster hole on the team.

The team simply needs someone who fits Staley’s vision and can be maximized by the new head coach.

Simply put, this is how I look at it: if the LA Chargers were to not make any more moves to the entire roster I would feel better about cornerback than I would the other two positions on the list. It still would not be good, obviously, but the team has talent in Davis, a veteran presence in Harris and an elite safety in James that helps take some of the burden off of the cornerbacks.

It is still a work in progress and an area of need but I still feel better about the position than I do the first two on this list.

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