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Draft Decisions

NFL Draft Needs: Chargers

by Josh Norris
Updated On: April 3, 2019, 2:33 am ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Notable Pre-Draft Additions: LB Thomas Davis, QB Tyrod Taylor.

Starting Offense

QB: Philip Rivers
RB: Melvin Gordon
WR: Mike Williams
WR: Travis Benjamin
SLWR: Keenan Allen
TE: Hunter Henry
LT: Russell Okung
LG: Dan Feeney
C: Mike Pouncey
RG: Michael Schofield
RT: Sam Tevi

Starting Defense

RE: Melvin Ingram
LE: Joey Bosa
NT: Brandon Mebane
3T: Justin Jones
MLB: Denzel Perryman
WLB: Thomas Davis
SLB: Uchenna Nwosu
LCB: Casey Hayward
RCB: Trevor Williams
SCB: Desmond King
FS: Rayshawn Jenkins
SS: Derwin James

Team Needs

Silva's Analysis

Offensive Line: The Chargers’ line play faded as last season progressed, getting poor results from LG Feeney, C Pouncey, RG Schofield and particularly RT Tevi, who earned PFF’s No. 80 pass-blocking grade among 80 qualified tackles. Feeney graded dead last in pass protection among 81 guards. 2017 second-round pick Forrest Lamp has played just 17 snaps through two seasons. From Week 10 through the playoffs, Rivers faced pressure on 39% of his dropbacks, the seventh-highest rate in the league.

Defensive Line: This is primarily a depth need after Darius Philon left for Arizona and Corey Liuget was let go. Young talent injections are needed inside and on the edge.

Secondary: Free safety is up for grabs after Jahleel Addae’s release, and Williams is in a contract year. Hayward and King will be looking for raises soon.

 

Chargers 2019 Draft Picks

Norris' Options

1 (28). iDL Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State - You know those interior defensive linemen who just move differently? The ones that show bend and flexibility when reacting to surprise movements in front of them? That is Dre’Mont Jones. He moves fluidly to work the edges of blockers, resulting in backfield tackles or interior disruption on passing plays. He loves the arm over swim at the line or instantly shooting a shoulder to immediately disrupt the backfield.

2 (60). OL Max Scharping, NIU - If you need a game to watch Scharping against great competition, turn on his performance against FSU and likely top 15 pick Brian Burns. On the left side, Scharping shows nimble feet to stay square and mirror in pass pro despite lacking the “34-inch threshold” to play tackle. He would play right tackle for the Chargers.

3 (91). S Evan Worthington, Colorado - We know the Chargers hit a home run with Derwin James. They did the same with Desmond King in round 5. They might do the same if Worthington is the selection. He is 6-foot-2 and weighs 212 pounds with range to work as a free safety.

4 (130). WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia - The Chargers lost a real vertical threat in Tyrell Williams due to big money. Travis Benjamin is the obvious replacement on the roster, but let’s upgrade. Hardman flies. He can create big plays with the ball in his hands on short passes, or put corners in a blender on downfield routes.

5 (166). iDL Greg Gaines, Washington - A simple evaluation: Anchor in the middle to help stop the run game, something the Chargers had difficulty with at times in 2018.

6 (200). EDGE Wyatt Ray, Boston College - Late round edge rushing depth for a team that has two great starters at the position.

7 (242). CB Dylan Mabin, Fordham - Late round, uber-athletic corner. Worth a dart throw, and if he needs time, place him on the practice squad.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .