Analysis: Getting off the field on third-down was difficult for San Diego's defense in 2013 and the lacking pass rush was clearly the reason why. With Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram gone for the majority of the year due to injury, the Chargers totaled just 35 sacks—three less than the previous season.
As Freeney and Jarret Johnson continue to play well into their 30's, the time to add young blood at outside linebacker is quickly approaching and BYU's Kyle Van Noy would be everything the Chargers needed and more.
Why Van Noy: The FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year had 70 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions in his senior season. The year prior, Van Noy had a career-best 13 sacks and six forced fumbles.
What makes Van Noy so special is his ability to disrupt the passing game from the edge while also stopping the run or dropping back in coverage. With Van Noy, the Chargers would gain a three-down linebacker and the help they need in the pass rush.
Other Possible Fits: Michael Sam, Missouri
Yet another unanimous All-American and Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year as voted on by the conference coaches. Sam led the SEC with 11.5 sacks in 2013 and is arguably one of the draft's most aggressive pass-rushers. A "tweener" of sorts with experience at defensive end but better size for outside linebacker at the next level.
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Leaves Georgia Tech as the career sacks leader with 31.5 in 49 games played. Another "tweener" with playing experience at both linebacker and defensive end, Attaochu finished second in the ACC with 12.5 sacks. Makes plays in the backfield as demonstrated by his 43.5 tackles for loss at Georgia Tech.