LA Chargers mock draft: Bolts reinvent defense for Brandon Staley

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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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With the 118th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC

We are going back to the defensive side of the ball yet again and getting help at the safety position. Personally, I think the safety position is one of the most overlooked needs for the LA Chargers as the depth in the position is really rough.

The team has Derwin James, Nasir Adderley and Alohi Gilman. James is injury-prone and as much as I love him as a player the team cannot be sure that he will be able to play a full 17. Adderley, despite all of his potential, has been awful thus far in his career and that very well could continue. Gilman has not proven anything at the NFL level and is not that exciting as a safety prospect.

The Chargers get depth in Talanoa Hufanga and they also get someone who had a tremendous season with the USC Trojans who is not getting the buzz that he probably deserves.

Hufanga recorded 62 total tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three sacks and four interceptions in six games for the Trojans last season. Six games. 

Hufanga is a big hitter who instantly could help in special teams and could be a versatile chess piece for Staley to move around on the defense. He is someone who the Chargers could play in the box and even rush the quarterback, similar to what Derwin James offers.

He fits the defense and he gives an instant boost to the special teams unit. Sign me up.