Chargers' 5 biggest NFL Draft needs heading into 2023 offseason

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1. Safety/defensive back

Nasir Adderley's rookie contract is expiring this offseason and the Chargers will likely let him walk and test the waters in free agency. Add in the fact that JT Woods hardly saw the field in 2022 and the Chargers are going to need to replace Adderley with a high draft pick in 2023.

While this seems like the top need based on Adderley leaving and how Brandon Staley's defense operates, it would not be surprising if the team instead goes with an edge rusher in the first round and a defensive back in the second round.

Teams can typically find more value in secondary players on day two so that could be the route the Chargers take. Regardless, unless thins change in free agency, it seems very likely that the team will draft a safety early in the draft to add depth to the secondary as a whole in 2023.

Adderley is not the only potential departure as Bryce Callahan's future with the Bolts is unclear. With that in mind, Staley may look for someone with versatility that could potentially line up as the safety but also as the slot corner as well.

Regardless, if there is one area that you can never have too much depth in it is in the secondary. If there is one position group that Brandon Staley seems to value above all else on the defense it is in the secondary.

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With those things in mind, it seems like getting a quality defensive back to bolster the room is going to be in the cards for the Chargers.