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LA Chargers: 5 biggest 2022 NFL Draft needs heading into the bye week

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Lamar Jackson, Uchenna Nwosu
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1. Edge rusher

It is not as easy to find a quality edge rusher on the free-agent market. That is because the really good edge rushers get locked up before they become free agents and the options on the market are usually rotation guys (like Kyler Fackrell) or guys past their prime (like Melvin Ingram).

Uchenna Nwosu and Fackrell have been decent for the LA Chargers this year but what the team is really missing is a dynamic edge rusher that can line up opposite of Joey Bosa and help get pressure on the quarterback.

The Chargers have struggled to get pressure off the edge when it is not coming from Bosa or a blitzing member of the secondary. This has allowed teams to double (and sometimes even triple) Bosa without really sacrificing much of a pocket.

Nwosu is a free agent after this season and I am not paying any sort of premium for him if I am the Chargers. I can get a quality rotation edge, like Fackrell, for a fraction of the cost. Even better, the team has Chris Rumph to provide depth for next season.

Yes, the Chargers did just take Rumph in the fourth round but he is not going to be that elite, impact edge rusher. He is going to be solid as a situational pass rusher but what the Chargers need is an outside linebacker who can play every down and thrive.

This is a position where there are often truly elite players in the first round. If the Chargers hit a home run, they can instantly give themselves one of the best edge-rushing duos in the league again, which is hugely important for the defense's success.

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Getting pressure on the quarterback while only sending four is the most valuable thing a team can do on the defensive side of the football. That has been a struggle at times this season and getting a first-round talent opposite of Joey Bosa would provide a huge spark to the defense.