Needs: WR, OL, DE, DT, OLB, ILB, CB, S
Previous Record: 8-8
I am so confused as to how the Chargers have gone from one of the league's most talented teams to one of the league's most depleted teams in a matter of two seasons. What was once a promising roster filled with talent from top to bottom has become a roster of question marks with a few bright spots. There are huge pockmarks all over the depth chart, but especially at offensive line, defensive end, wide receiver and outside linebacker. The team recently signed Jarrett Johnson from Baltimore, so they probably believe they've remedied their pass rush woes, but they remain thin at the other positions mentioned.
Although the team brought back Jared Gaither to perhaps see what he can offer, the guy was released by two teams last season alone. I think they need to draft a guy like Jonathan Martin to help anchor their line and keep Philip Rivers upright.
Just a few weeks ago, Martin was projected as a top 10 pick, but because of the way things have shaken out in the draft order and a less than stellar combine, he may fall a little bit. Charged with protecting Andrew Luck's blind-side the past couple years, Martin has proven to be a reliable, sturdy foundation.
Advantages: The Chargers have a lot of needs with all the defections they've had this off-season. I think that reaching for Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill is also a distinct possibility here, although Philip Rivers has shown that he can make it work with virtually any WR. I think that makes Hill less of a priority. A pass rusher may also be needed. Trading up for Luke Kuechly is possible, too.