Los Angeles Chargers Draft Talk: Top Three Positions Of Need
Free agency frenzy is done with and all eyes are on the 2019 NFL Draft. It will happen over three days in Nashville, Tennessee from April 25th-27th. Even though teams will sign a few free agents here and there, rookies are all the talk from this point on. The Los Angeles Chargers added a few players through free agency and kept a few in re-signing them. However, they still have some big needs. They will need to use the draft to fill those needs and add depth. Let’s take a look at the Los Angeles Chargers three biggest needs and whom they might target in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Chargers drafted Justin Jones, a defensive tackle from NC State, last year and re-signed Brandon Mebane in free agency this year. The need at the position is still there and will have to be filled in round one or two in the 2019 NFL Draft this year. The defensive tackle position is important for the Los Angeles Chargers to fill as soon as possible due to the lack of production in the middle of the defensive line last year.
In fact, there are a few players that could fit in the Los Angeles Chargers defensive scheme and the organization may be looking at. With the 28th overall pick in the draft, the Chargers could look at defensive tackles Dexter Lawrence or Christian Wilkins both out of Clemson. They both fit the defensive system with lots of speed and run stopping ability. With the agility to get to the quarterback as well, the Chargers defense may not get burned in the passing game as much.
The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed Denzel Perryman to a two-year deal this year along with drafting Uchenna Nwosu and Kyzir White in last year’s draft. For the 2019 NFL Draft, getting another linebacker is about depth. The Chargers also signed a veteran and former Carolina Panther, Thomas Davis, to help in linebacker experience. He is getting older and isn’t a long-term option. The linebacker position is a big need and is a must to be filled so the Chargers defense can improve in the run game.
There are some possible linebackers that may fit the Los Angeles Chargers defensive scheme and they may take a look at. In possibly the second or third round of the draft, the Los Angeles Chargers could select Mack Wilson from Alabama or Khalil Hodge out of Buffalo. Mack Wilson is a hard-hitting, run-stopping linebacker who knows how to win. He also has speed and agility to drop into coverage against tight end routes. Khalil Hodge out of Buffalo could be a potential steal of the draft at linebacker. With speed and quickness, he could fit in the Los Angeles Chargers defensive scheme and be the guy teams missed out on in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Chargers need to add to depth at the offensive line in the 2019 NFL Draft. They need to draft a player that can play 4 out of 5 of the spots or all the spots on the offensive line. Most likely the Chargers are going to go after an Offensive Tackle in the later rounds of this draft. Somewhere in this draft around the third, fourth, fifth, or possibly sixth round.
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The Los Angeles Chargers will most likely look at one of these players in the later rounds to fill the need on the offensive line. Anywhere from the third round to the sixth round, the Chargers may look at Kaleb McGary offensive tackle Washington and Chuma Edoga offensive tackle USC. McGary’s run blocking is ahead of his pass protection, but he was solid for the Washington Huskies. He has good size at the point of attack and decent technique. He would fit well on the Los Angeles Chargers offensive line more likely on the outside as a tackle.
Edoga started at right tackle for USC for the last two years having both highs and lows. He then had to battle a knee injury, but he may be someone to draft to move on the inside of the offensive line. Both players are projected to go from the third round to the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and could be possible players the Los Angeles Chargers look at. Either player may fill the need of depth on the offensive line for Los Angeles.
With the right moves, the Los Angeles Chargers could be contenders again in the AFC West and in the NFL Playoffs. If they fill the needs at certain positions the Chargers could make a deeper playoff run in 2019. We will see how the Los Angeles Chargers front office proceeds.
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