2. Melvin Ingram provides exactly what the LA Chargers need
The LA Chargers need help at edge rusher. The team’s two best edge rushers are Joey Bosa and Uchenna Nwosu and there is not much depth behind them. The team recently signed Kyler Fackrell, who is going to be a rotational edge for the team.
The need for an edge rusher is even greater if the team moves to a 3-4 defense. Nwosu and Fackrell are the only tangible options for the team at outside linebacker while there are not many great options to play defensive end on a three-man front.
Ingram is not athletic enough at this point in his career to play too much outside linebacker but he is still capable of being a rotational edge rusher and outside linebacker on blitzing downs. Most importantly: Ingram helps provide the depth that the team needs.
The Chargers are undoubtedly going to take an edge rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft but it likely will not come until the team’s third pick. And if the team loves a tight end like Tommy Tremble, an edge rusher may not come until the team’s fourth pick.
We all love to hype up draft picks but the chances of a third-round edge rusher, especially if it is with pick 97, being great in year one is slim. Sure, they could eventually blossom into a solid contributor, but look at the impact Nwosu had in year one (not much).
The team needs to stack up on as much depth as possible and not expect the rookie to do too much in his rookie season. Ingram provides just that, and a bit more.