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NFL Offseason Grades: San Diego Chargers

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

​Free Agency

​The Chargers had an under the radar, great offseason. They upgraded their defense with solid signings in the secondary and along the defensive line.

Casey Hayward and Dwight Lowery will come in and immediately upgrade a leaky secondary. Lowery is a better cover safety than Eric Weddle was. He can play the center field role and command that secondary. Hayward is an excellent corner that will be a great compliment to Jason Verret. They can become one of the league's best duos. Brandon Mebane was signed to seal up the middle of a weak defensive line that was constantly pushed off the line. He will help open up the line for Corey Lieget and Joey Bosa. 

The Chargers also addressed a need for speed on offense by signing the track star Travis Benjamin. He was the Browns best receiver last year as he burst onto the scene. He can come in and be a speedy slot receiver that blows the top off of defenses, while Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson disect the short routes. 

They also made a good choice to resign Gates, Keller Clemens, and Chris Hairston.

Draft

RD 1: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State 

RD 2: TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas

RD 3: C Max Tuerk, USC

RD 4: LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State 

RD 5: LB Jatavis Brown, Akron

RD 6: P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M 

RD 6: FB Derek Watt, Wisconsin 

RD 7: OG Donovan Clark, Michigan State

The Chargers had plenty of hokes to fill in this draft as they were one of the worst teams in the league last year. The biggest need was along the offensive line. They also needed offensive weapons and talent to infuse into the defense. 

Joey Bosa, at first, does not seem like he would be a good fit for this defense. But the Chargers are very rarely in just a three man front and run more of a multi-front defense. It can be seen that the Chargers will use Bosa in a role very similar to the way that the Patriots used Chandler Jones. Bosa will be a welcome addition as his pass rushing ability wI'll take pressure off of Melvin Ingram, Jerry Attaouchu, and Corey Lieget. He will be able to rush the blindside and also has the strength to hold his own in the trenches. If he can add some weight in the weight room, he will do great.

In the second round they shocked the world bt grabbing the player that will take the reigns from Antonio Gates soon. Henry is already a dynami CB playmaker that has the ability to live up to taking the place of a future Hall of Famer. If he can solidify his blocking game, he will be an amazing all-around tight end.

They further bettered their offense by grabbing a smart and athletic center that can come in and immediately compete to start. The biggest concern with him is whether or not he can keep his weight up so that he can keep his own inside. He pulled a lot at USC where his athleticism helped, but with an NFL weight lifting program he should be able to bulk up and earn a starting job.

They followed this with two picks to beef up their linebacker corps. Perry will most likely be a rusher off the edge while Brown will be a rotational player in the middle. Both will be great special teams contributors while they develop into the rotation. They both are extremely hard workers that will be great players to have in the locker room.

They then picked a couple rare positions in fullback and punter. Kaser comes in as the only punter and will immediately be the starter. He has a strong leg and has displayed accuracy. Watt can come in and be the blocking fullback that the Chargers have missed since Lorenzo Neal. He is strong but also quick. He also has decent hands and can help out of the backfield. He should easily make the roster over David Johnson.

The Chargers used their last pick to beef up the offensive line wih a large guard. Clark has knowledge of pro blocking concepts and has the knowledge of a winning offensive line. He has the ability to win and can develop into a solid player.

GRADE: B-




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