LA Chargers: Position candidates for 2022 first-round pick

Jun 1, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco
Jun 1, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Chargers' potential 2022 first-round need: 2. Safety

The safety position is one of the most volatile on the LA Chargers this season. On one hand, the Chargers could legitimately have one of the best safety duos in the league and be elite. On the other hand, the Chargers could have one of the worst safety duos in the entire league.

It is very hard for both of those things to be possible with a position, especially when both are somewhat likely. It would not be totally shocking if the safety position disappoints but it would not be shocking if they reach their ceiling, either.

Let's start with the negative outlook. The safety position could be bad next year if Derwin James continues to add to his injury history and Nasir Adderley plays like he has the first two years of his career. If that is the case then it is time to start looking at dynamic safeties in the draft.

The positive outlook is James staying healthy and being as good as he was in his rookie year and Adderley reaching his potential. Adderley does not even have to reach his full potential. If he is simply solid then the Chargers are going to be in great shape.

Even if the best-case scenario happens it would be shocking if the Chargers didn't take a safety high in the 2022 NFL Draft for depth but it probably would not be in the first round unless someone really fell and the team got creative. If the worst-case scenario happens, well, we better start circling safeties on our big boards.