Brandon Flowers and rookie Jason Verrett played well, but not well enough for the Chargers to pass up acquiring a true No. 1 cornerback. The Bolts need someone to cover big receivers like Demaryius Thomas if they're going to contend in the AFC West. They could throw money at Seattle's Byron Maxwell, but a more likely scenario could be selecting someone like Michigan State's Trae Waynes or Washington's Marcus Peters.
Branden Oliver can become the change-of-pace back Philip Rivers loves to throw to, but the Bolts have lacked a true bellcow back since L.T. That should change this offseason. The Chargers can bring in someone like DeMarco Murray or trade for Adrian Peterson. If they forgo that route, they're in prime position to snag the draft's best running backs. Either Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon or Georgia's Todd Gurley would fit in San Diego.
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Keenan Allen couldn't recapture his rookie form. Slot receiver Eddie Royal is a pending free agent. Factor out the aging Antonio Gates, and the Bolts have a messy receiving corps lined up for 2015. They could be players for someone like Baltimore's Torrey Smith in free agency. Or, they could wait out another deep receiving draft class. Someone like Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham might be too talented to pass up.
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Philip Rivers shed tears the day Nick Hardwick retired. The Chargers' QB has known no other center in the NFL, and suddenly, his team has a protection problem. It'll be fixed; San Diego could and should be in play for AFC West guys like Rodney Hudson (Chiefs) or Stefen Wisniewski (Raiders). They've also been tied to LSU's La'El Collins, whose versatility would help a shaky line situation.
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Dwight Freeney doesn't put fear into the hearts of QBs anymore. Therein lies the problem — every AFC West team has a game-changing pass rusher besides the Bolts. To win its division, San Diego must find their own Khalil Mack or Justin Houston. Maybe they try a reclamation project like Washington's Brian Orakpo, but if Clemson's Vic Beasley falls to No. 17, Tom Telesco should do cartwheels at the draft.
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