Many expected the LA Chargers to select a safety somewhat early in the 2021 NFL Draft as Brandon Staley really utilized three safeties when he was the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams. This would also allow the team more freedom to move Derwin James around the defense.
The team did not draft another safety. This, in part, showed a lot of faith in Nasir Adderley, who is one of the biggest winners of this draft. This still leaves a hole in the depth chart as the position is rather top-heavy and thin, assuming Adderley can meet the team’s expectations.
Alohi Gilman and seventh-round pick Mark Webb are currently the only depth options on the LA Chargers. The team could certainly benefit from adding a cheap free agent now to add some depth so they are not forced to bring in Jahleel Addae during the season like they did last year.
There are some interesting depth options still available. Former-Charger Tre Boston was released from his three-year contract after just one bad year, Kenny Vaccaro is still available and veteran Jeff Heath was released after one bad year with the Las Vegas Raiders.
None of those guys will reinvent the defense by any means, but they would provide reliable depth that could be better maximized under Brandon Staley’s defensive system. Mediocre depth is better than no depth.