LA Chargers' potential 2022 first-round need: 1. Edge rusher
This is the one position that really stands out on the LA Chargers and who knows, maybe I will be wrong. But if I were to make my own betting odds for what position the Chargers are most likely to take in the first round an edge rusher would be the heavy, heavy favorite.
The problem obviously is not Joey Bosa. He is one of the best edge rushers in the league and is going to be maximized by Staley. Staley has done so with every other elite edge rusher he has coached so we can expect the same for Bosa.
The problem is the other options that are expected to get to the quarterback. While some people are high on Uchenna Nwosu, I am just not that excited about him playing over 75% of the snaps when he has not played more than 37% in his career.
Nwosu has potential and he absolutely can make me eat crow and have a great season. I just don't see him being that true second edge rusher that Melvin Ingram was. I think he is a really good third option, but as the second option leaves more to be desired.
Even if he steps it up he will be a free agent and could play his way into a team overpaying him. Linval Joseph will be a free agent and who knows what happens with Jerry Tillery.
Whether it is someone to play outside linebacker or someone to play defensive end in the 3-4 defense, the Chargers are most likely to draft someone who can help Bosa get pressure off the edge.
Sorry to anyone who bought Chris Rumph stock as well. He is really raw and while he can one day be a solid rotational guy, I doubt he is the answer, either.