1. Kyzir White
There is no doubt that Kyzir White improved the most during the 2021 season. Heading into the year, White was viewed as a solid rotational linebacker who could provide good zone coverage. Not many viewed him as an every-down backer, let alone one that would be great in nearly all areas of the game.
That is why it makes it so frustrating that White did not play hardly at all on third down against the Las Vegas Raiders... but I digress.
Heading into training camp all of the excitement around the linebacker position was around Murray and Drue Tranquill. Murray had a promising rookie season and Tranquill was everyone's breakout pick in 2020 but got hurt in the first game of the year.
White quickly played his way into the starting rotation and Murray getting hurt in Week 2 only provided White the chance to really thrive. Kyzir was really good in Brandon Staley's defense and you can make the case that he should have been a Pro Bowl linebacker as well.
White led all Chargers in combined tackles (144) while coming second in tackles for loss (7), only behind Uchenna Nwosu (8). Nwosu finished eighth in the entire NFL in tackles combined and he was only four players in the league with at least 140 combined tackles and seven tackles for loss.
Kyzir White picked a perfect time for a career year as he is a free agent this offseason. It is imperative that the Bolts bring him back into the fold.