The biggest part of free agency is now over. The San Diego Chargers came out of it in perfect condition. Vincent Jackson and the team finally parted ways, as he is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Mike Tolbert also left San Diego to join the Carolina Panthers. Steve Gregory is also a notable loss at strong safety, as he will be playing in New England next season.
The Chargers had to make up for those losses, which they did.
Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal round out the receiving core with Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown. Meachem is the vertical threat that Vincent Jackson was. He may not have the height and athleticism as Jackson, but his speed makes up for that. Eddie Royal will become the new slot receiver. The position that was expected to be filled by Patrick Crayton.
Jared Gaither was re-signed to protect Philip Rivers at left tackle. Gaither finished last season with the Chargers and earned his new contract. Now, he needs to prove it. Dante Rosario became the fifth tight end on the roster with the recent re-signing of Randy McMichael.
Le'Ron McClain will become the new lead blocker for Ryan Mathews. He's one of the leagues best fullbacks, which is great for San Diego's run game. If Mathews is playing well, the pass game will open up for Rivers. The offense is almost set. All they need now is a backup running back. That player could come in free agency or the draft.
The defense has only gotten better as well. Jarret Johnson, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, was signed to add veteran leadership and toughness to the Chargers defense. San Diego loves his ability in the running game, but another pass rusher could be drafted in April. Atari Bigby, as of now, is the new starting strong safety. That position will definitely be addressed in the draft.
Free agency improved the Chargers in many ways, and they will look to get even better with the draft. Here is an updated seven-round mock draft for the San Diego Chargers.
The first one, before free agency, can be found here.