Draft Needs: San Diego Chargers

Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the San Diego Chargers [full archive here].

Season Recap: The San Diego Chargers had a disappointing year, finishing 8-8. Phillip Rivers’ had an inconsistent season and San Diego had a tough time dealing with numerous injuries to their aging roster. GM AJ Smith seems to have noticed the need for more depth by signing a vast amount of free agents; something San Diego hasn’t done in the past.

Team Needs:
1. Outside Linebacker: In today’s game a consistent pass rush to put pressure on opposing quarterback’s is very important. The San Diego Chargers need a capable pass rusher to compliment Shaun Phillips, who managed only 3.5 sacks in 2011. Jarret Johnson, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, was signed but he is more of a run-stopper. Nick Perry and Shea McClellin are possible fits in round one.

2. Cornerback: Antoine Cason is set at one spot but Quentin Jammer will be 33 by the start of the season. San Diego needs to begin looking for a replacement for Jammer, who has been a starter since the 2002 season. Janoris Jenkins could slip in the draft and possibly be had in the second round. If not, Alfonzo Dennard would be a nice addition.

3. Offensive Guard: Longtime starter, Kris Dielman retired this offseason leaving a hole at OG. San Diego has had success finding starting lineman in the middle rounds of the draft. Kevin Zeitler and Amini Silatolu are two possible targets in round two.

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