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 Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The LA Chargers add two members to the front seven

Similar to the secondary, the LA Chargers need help in the front seven (kind of a problem when a team needs help in the two areas of the defense).

The biggest need on the defensive line for the Bolts is a quality edge rusher. Whether it is a defensive end for a 4-3 defense or an outside linebacker for a 3-4 defense, the Chargers do need depth at the position. Joey Bosa is elite and Uchenna Nwosu is promising, but Kyler Fackrell being the third-best edge is not a good outlook.

This is a lesser need for the Bolts and could wait as late as the 97th overall pick. Some fans have the Chargers taking an edge rusher with the 77th overall pick, but that selection could be saved for another player that we will get into later.

The Chargers should be looking for a player with potential that can share time at the position with the potential of growth in the coming years. As we see time and time again in the NFL, having a great front seven with interchangeable pieces is great for a team’s success.

The team also needs to add a defensive tackle. Jerry Tillery is useless against the run and Linval Joseph is a year older and is in the last year of his deal. Justin Jones is solid, but they need more than what they currently have.

The defensive tackle position is an injury away from looking bleak, especially if Tillery cannot turn it around. Get a run-stuffer later in the draft that can provide depth.

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