3 positions the Chargers must upgrade via trade this season

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1. The Chargers need to improve the cornerback position

Cornerback has been a nightmare for the Chargers thus far in 2023 and that was not expected. Heading into the season, fans were clamoring about all of the depth at the position and how the defense would finally turn around. That has not been the case.

The biggest sore spot has been J.C. Jackson, who played so bad that Staley decided to completely bench him and make him a healthy scratch in Week 3 against the Vikings. It is unclear how or when Jackson can get back to the active roster.

It isn't like he has been the only one who has been bad. Asante Samuel Jr. has been far from perfect, even if he has been the best member of the secondary. Ja'Sir Taylor has been good in the run game but has obvious speed bumps that happen to an inexperienced second-year corner.

The real big disappointment has been Michael Davis. Davis played like a legitimate CB1 at the tail end of last season and he has been woeful thus far this season. Jackson is getting much of the attention but Davis has been just as bad if not worse than Jackson.

Houston's Steven Nelson could be a name to monitor if Houston loses some games and looks to sell off veteran assets for draft capital. The 30-year-old corner has the eighth-highest coverage grade on Pro Football Focus and primarily plays on the outside, giving the Chargers more depth in that department.