Coming into the 2010 season, the San Diego Chargers were the prohibitive favorite to win the AFC West.
However, once again, they stumbled out of the starting gate and could never get on track to win their fifth-straight divisional title.
Their special teams play was atrocious and they received very little production from the running game all season long.
The Chargers' top priority this offseason is to resign S Eric Weddle to a long-term contract, but no move is set in stone until a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is agreed upon.
Don’t read too much into them selecting a safety with one of their five picks in the first three rounds of the draft.
Iowa S Tyler Sash is a great fit for their style of defense.
Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason are one of the best cornerback combinations in the NFL, but the Chargers lack a true nickelback to shut down receivers in obvious passing situations.
The coaching staff has toyed with the idea of moving Jammer to safety and utilizing his ferocious tackling ability. However, before any position changes can occur in the starting lineup, a replacement cornerback will need to be groomed.
Depth at this position has been an issue for the last two seasons.
Vincent Jackson was franchise tagged in 2011, but signing him to long-term deal will be a difficult task for Chargers GM AJ Smith.
Currently, the other starting wideout Malcolm Floyd is a free agent and the next receiver down, Legedu Naanee, has been waived, so the team will add a quality receiver at some point in this draft.
Jeromey Clary has been a disaster at the right tackle position, whether it’s blown blocking assignments or an excessive amount of penalties being called on him, a change needs to be made at the position.
Philip Rivers had a spectacular season throwing the football, but he was also sacked 38 times.
The Chargers did, however, tender a contract to Brandyn Dombrowski. He will compete for the right tackle position during training camp.
Either way, adding depth to the offensive line is a top priority in this upcoming draft.
This position could end up with huge holes in it, which would need to be filled.
Kevin Burnett, Stephen Cooper and Brandon Siler are all eligible to become free agents once the league gets back to business.
North Carolina LB Quan Sturdivant is a viable option with one of their two picks in the second round.
There's a definite need for an impact player to line up on the opposite side from Luis Castillo on the defensive line.
Last season, Jacques Cesaire couldn’t stop the run or consistently get to the QB.
However, this draft is well-stocked with defensive linemen suited to play in the 3-4 scheme.
The Chargers could select Adrian Clayborn or Cameron Heyward in the second round and have them immediately compete for a starting position.
There is an obvious need to put pressure on the QB and create turnovers.
The Chargers need an impact player to compliment Shaun Phillips and harass the backfield on every down.
This organization has a strong history of developing OLBs, and the departure of Shawne Merriman has left a huge void to fill. You can expect the Chargers to select either Cameron Jordan, JJ Watt or Akeem Ayers with their first pick in the draft.