Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: 4 best-case scenarios for the 2021 NFL Draft

Rashawn Slater #70 of the Northwestern Wildcats (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
Rashawn Slater #70 of the Northwestern Wildcats (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. The LA Chargers get two impactful members of the secondary

The secondary needs to be addressed and the cornerback position is the second-biggest need for the Bolts outside of left tackle. It is not just the cornerback position, though, as the safety position needs to be addressed as well.

Rayshawn Jenkins signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chargers’ depth at safety is really thin. The Bolts have an injury-prone star in Derwin James, a disappointing two-year player in Nasir Adderley and a non-impactful special teams player in Alohi Gilman.

The best-case scenario for the Chargers would see the team draft two impactful members of the secondary in the 2021 NFL Draft. One impactful member is almost guaranteed. The Chargers will take a cornerback in the first two rounds no matter what. As long as it is not a bad pick, the Chargers will be good.

The important pick is that safety pick. The Chargers probably won’t wind up taking a safety until the fourth round, so drafting someone who can make an impact in year one is much less likely. They can absolutely select someone that will eventually blossom into an impact player, but they really need an impact right away.

Ideally, James will stay healthy and Adderley will at least be passable so the rookie only has to contribute in a rotational role.

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