The 2022 NFL Draft is officially in the books and as we do every year after the draft concludes, we take a look ahead at what the LA Chargers could be preparing to do the next year in the draft. Things change and rosters get tweaked, but we can get a good idea of what positions the team might be targeting early in next year's draft.
In last year's installment of this article, we pitched edge rusher, safety and tackle as three potential needs for the Bolts. The Chargers took an offensive lineman with the potential to swing Matt Feiler out to tackle in round one, traded their second-round pick for an edge rusher and drafted a safety in round three.
Pretty good, right? Let's have a go for the 2023 NFL Draft.
4 way-too-early first-round needs for the LA Chargers in the 2023 NFL Draft:
4. Interior defensive line
The LA Chargers did a great job this offseason in bolstering the interior defensive line with the additions of Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson. The team also drafted Otito Ogbonnia, who will provide another run-stuffing presence upfront.
While that trio all specializes in stopping the run, the Chargers do not have a truly great option on the inside when it comes to getting to the quarterback. Jerry Tillery is currently the best option but he is far from great and the Chargers declined his fifth-year option for the 2023 season.
Assuming the Chargers draft late in the first round after a great season, the team could land an impact interior defensive lineman that can help the team get to the quarterback from the interior without it feeling too much like a reach. The team would essentially be repeating what it did when it took Tillery back in 2019, hopefully with better results this time around.