The Chargers scouting staff will have their hands full this week at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine and there are a few players they should pay extra attention to. With the 6th-overall pick, it would be surprising to see them take any other player not at the Quarterback position. They are also in need of a speedy Wide Receiver to take the top off the defense. The Offensive Line has been a league worst for many years and could have a rookie starter at Guard, Center and/or Tackle. The starting Defensive Line seems set, though it could use rotational players. At Linebacker, the Bolts will look plan for an eventual Thomas Davis/ Denzel Perriman replacement. Corner should also be a need as well.
It is unlikely Joe Burrow throws much, as he is already likely to be the first player off the board in April, but there should be an exciting battle between Justin Herbert and Jorden Love. Each player has the potential to go 6th-overall to the Bolts. Unfortunately for Tua Tagovailoa, his injury will prevent him from doing anything other than interviews, but he too could be wearing powder blue next year. It is extremely likely that one of these four Quarterbacks will be a Charger come April 23rd.
It is unlikely that the Chargers pick a tailback early unless both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler leave in free agency. The sweet spot should be between rounds 4-7. If Gordon leaves, the Bolts will need a power back to replace him. This makes me think Zach Moss from Utah or possibly Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of Clemson as potential targets. Boston State’s AJ Dillion is also a player who fits the bill and UCLA’s Joshua Kelley showed out in the Senior Bowl.
The Bolts need to find a replacement for Travis Benjamin and a player who can stretch the field. KJ Hamler from from Penn State is a speedy undersized player with better hands who could fall due to his size. Denzel Mims could also fall to the 3rd round as well, though his draft stock has been rising. This may end up becoming a record breaking class of receivers. The Chargers do have a need for a number 3 receiver, especially with speed.
The Chargers are in desperate need of help up front, especially at the Tackle position. They could theoretically address the position in the 1st-Round with the 6th Pick, but I expect them to address the need in the 2nd to 3rd rounds. Trey Adams from Washington has some hype surrounding him as does Austin Jackson from USC. This is a deep tackle group in the first 3 rounds. Josh Jones from Houston is an honorable mention also. Wisconsin is known for having quality lineman and Tyler Biadasz is next in line. Netane Muti from Fresno State has played well as a powerful Guard who will drop with injury concerns. Watch his Alabama tape!
Don’t expect the Bolts to draft defensive line early in the draft unless a really good prospects drops, but the team needs to begin looking for a replacement for Melvin Ingram and add depth on the ends. Boise’s Curtis Weaver had 13 sacks a year ago and Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor came off strong toward the end of the season. Chargers could look for a depth player in rounds 4 through 7.
The Chargers seem to have a starter at each position, but they do have depth concerns and there’s no telling if Thomas Davis will be back. Isaiah Simmons may be the best all around player and will be a perennial All-Pro at whatever position a team sees him fit. Zach Baun from Wisconsin played well and could be a day 2 pick. In the later rounds, the team could find Dante Olson, an FCS player from Montana who has 330 tackles in 2 years!
Some project the Chargers to take a Corner early in the draft and the team should pay special attention to Clemson’s AJ Terrell who plays with great technique. Never mind his play in the National Title game against LSU. He will be a star! Notre Dame has a great player in Troy Pride and the Bolts love players from the Fighting Irish. The Bolts also have a wealth of players at safety, so I see it incredibly unlikely they draft one.