A somewhat quiet need that may be developing on the Chargers' roster is at linebacker. Shaun Phillips is an unrestricted free agent, Jarrett Johnson is not getting any younger at 32 years old and Larry English has been mediocre at best since joining the league four years ago.
Melvin Ingram is obviously developing nicely, but more is needed. There is also a void left by Takeo Spikes. Roll all this together and there is a need for a versatile, swing linebacker that can do many things on the field. This is where Sean Porter could come into play. He is a jack-of-all-trades that is good at just about everything, but does not really excel at any one thing.
The Texas A&M linebacker is 6'1", 229 pounds and as a junior led the Big 12 (remember when the Aggies were in the Big 12?) with 9.5 sacks. He spent more time operating in coverage last season, showcasing that he is far more than a one-trick pass-rushing pony. Porter is both quick and fast, with the ability to track down ball-carriers from virtually anywhere on the field.
He has all the physical traits that you hope to see from an NFL linebacker, with the ability to set the edge and the agility to get around blocks and get in the backfield to make tackles. However, while he has the physical traits, he is projected only as a mid-round pick because he sometimes makes less-than-physical tackles. He will get too handsy with ball-carriers instead of really driving into them and forcing them to the turf.
These are correctable issues and if Porter has the drive to succeed at the NFL level then he should have no problem doing so. This pick could prove to be one of the best sleepers of the draft, as Porter could compete for a starting spot right from the get-go.