Projected Chargers depth chart, the defense:
EDGE: Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack, Chris Rumph, Emeke Egbule, Damon Lloyd
It was really surprising that the LA Chargers did not add more EDGE depth in the 2022 NFL Draft. Perhaps the team would have if it did not trade two of its seventh-round picks but there are some question marks behind Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack. Bosa and Mack are one of the best duos in the league, though.
Interior defensive line: Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson, Jerry Tillery, Otito Ogbonnia, Breiden Fehoko, Christian Covington, Joe Gaziano, Andrew Brown, Jamal Davis
Jerry Tillery will probably end up having the third-most defensive snaps behind Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson on the interior but he should play less on earlier downs. The Otito Ogbonnia selection gives the Bolts more depth to play on running downs, keeping Tillery off the field during the run, as it should be.
Inside linebacker: Kenneth Murray, Drue Tranquil, Troy Reeder, Nick Niemann, Amen Ogbongbemiga, Cole Christiansen
When he is fully healthy I think Kenneth Murray is still the team's LB1. It is completely reasonable to be uncomfortable with that after how he played last season but that is the reality of the situation. The hope has to be that with a recovered ankle and a second year in this system he will play better. This is easily the thinnest position on the entire Chargers' roster.
Cornerback: J.C. Jackson, Michael Davis, Asante Samuel Jr, Tevaughn Campbell, Ja'Sir Taylor, Kemon Hall, Duane Leonard
While the Chargers took two cornerbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft, neither of them are going to be better out of the gate than Tevaughn Campbell, which is a bit of an issue. The cornerback depth is still worrisome in LA and it would not be surprising if the Chargers made a depth signing.
Safety: Derwin James, Nasir Adderley, JT Woods, Alohi Gilman, Trey Marshall, Mark Webb
Helping make up for the cornerback depth is the selection of JT Woods. While he checks in as the no. 3 safety in LA, he should get a decent amount of playing time in his rookie season at safety, allowing Derwin James to play STAR and move around the field.
Woods himself might even be able to play some corner in nickel and dime packages or even in the slot. He does help add depth to the secondary and opens things up for Derwin James, which is good.