With the 118th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
Richard LeCounte is a solid prospect to pick at this point in the draft but this might be lower than the team is looking to select a safety. While cornerback is getting all of the press as a big team need, the safety position is extremely important in Brandon Staley’s defensive scheme.
Plus, there are no guarantees at the position as it currently stands. Derwin James is injury-prone and there is no guarantee he won’t get hurt again, let alone be the same guy once he returns. Nasir Adderley has been terrible to start his career and Alohi Gilman is merely a special teams player.
Unless the Chargers really like Tremble, I would not even be shocked if they take safety over a tight end with the first pick of the third round. That is how important the position is in Staley’s defense and that safety might end up getting significant playing time.
LeCounte is solid and he is a versatile prospect that can play both single-high or split-zone safety as well as be a backup option in the slot. He is a decent depth option for the team but he does not have a ceiling as high as someone who the Chargers would pick with the 77th overall pick.
And thus far we have addressed some of the immediate needs, but not all. Despite the team’s signing, the Bolts still need depth in the interior offensive line and in this situation, it gets put off until the last rounds of the draft.