Now that the free-agency dust has settled, all the focus is on which positions the San Diego Chargers need to upgrade through the 2014 NFL draft in order to complete their roster and relieve any fan's anxiety over just how the Bolts will best Peyton Manning in 2014.
There are still plenty of positional needs on roster for the San Diego Chargers, ones that they will be forced to fill with rookies due to the fact that they are bumping up against the salary-cap ceiling. Some positions leave the Chargers more vulnerable to heartbreak than others, and it is important to clarify which ones are most important for Tom Telesco and his brain trust to address in the upcoming draft.
These rankings are based primarily on which positions, if upgraded through the draft, would allow the Chargers to improve on their weaknesses from last year. Expect the defense to get a thorough examination.
Other factors include the number of players on the roster and whether or not these units have key contributors with injuries or expiring contracts. The number of players at a given position doesn't hold much sway, nor does one player make a group an area of strength (except quarterback, for obvious reasons).
This exercise is sort of like constructing Maslow's hierarchy of needs, deciphering what needs the Chargers must satisfy in order to complete their self-actualization process and access their true identity of Super Bowl champions. If Abraham Maslow were an advanced-metric-hungry general manager instead of a psychology professor, this is how he would prepare for the draft.