No team was hotter down the stretch of the 2013 season than the Chargers, who came up just short in Denver of an AFC Championship berth.
The Chargers’ resurgence wasn’t a mirage in my opinion, and this team will be back in contention in 2014. Under new head coach Mike McCoy, the Chargers saw a resurgence especially defensively. Even though McCoy is an offensive minded coach, he had John Pagano coaching up the defense and he was able to do a phenomenal job despite his personnel at cornerback and the lack of top pass rushers.
This San Diego team is not devoid of need, so this draft will be really critical for their arrow to keep pointing up.
- DT Cam Thomas (Steelers)
- CB Derek Cox (Vikings)
- QB Charlie Whitehurst (Titans)
- DT Vaughn Martin (Lions)
- FB Le’Ron McClain (released)
- CB Johnny Patrick (released)
- LB Donald Butler (re-signed)
- OL Rich Ohrnberger (re-signed)
- CB Richard Marshall (re-signed)
- CB Brandon Ghee (Bengals)
- LB Reggie Walker (re-signed)
- QB Kellen Clemens (Rams)
- LB Kavell Conner (Colts)
- TE David Johnson (Steelers)
- RB Donald Brown (Colts)
- OL Chad Rinehart (re-signed)
- S Darrell Stuckey (re-signed)
Chargers Team Needs
The Chargers had bad cornerback play for a good chunk of last season. This is a position they should look to upgrade with one of their top picks.
2. Rush Linebacker
Melvin Ingram returning to the lineup was huge, but the Chargers need more pass rush off the edge. Are Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson really the answer?
3. Defensive Tackle
With Cam Thomas and Vaughn Martin gone, the Chargers lost a lot of size in the middle. They could try to snag a new nose tackle with their top pick.
4. Wide Receiver
6. Tight End
7. Offensive Tackle