Five positions the Chargers still must address after free agency
San Diego could've made a move for Terrance Knighton, a true nose tackle with ties to Mike Coy from his Denver days. Instead, they're rolling with 303-pounder Sean Lissemore — not exactly an inspiring option. The Bolts can land a heftier alternative like UCLA's Ellis McCarthy (338 pounds) in the latter half of the draft.
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Philip Rivers cried at Nick Hardwick's retirement announcement, and who could blame him? The Chargers' next option to anchor their offensive line in converted guard Chris Watt, a second-year player. Nabbing a true center could revive San Diego's power running game and give free-agent pickup Orlando Franklin a partner for the AFC West's 3-4 defenses. Oregon's Hroniss Grasu would be a great Day Two choice.
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Denver has DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. Kansas City has Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and Dee Ford. Oakland has Khalil Mack. San Diego has ... Melvin Ingram. Dwight Freeney won't be back, so don't be surpised if the Bolts load up on edge rushers in April, like Oklahoma's Geneo Grissom.
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Tom Telesco has made some nifty moves here this offseason. But neither Stevie Johnson nor Jacoby Jones truly solves the issue that plagued Mike McCoy's offense last season — the lack of a dynamic deep threat. Acquiring someone like Sammie Coates to take the top off a defense free up Johnson and Keenan Allen on underneath routes. It's a must-have for the Chargers.
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Ryan Mathews is off to join the circus in Philadelphia. That leaves injured Danny Woodhead and upstart Darren Oliver as the only two viable running backs on San Diego's roster. Expect the Chargers to take a good hard look at someone like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon in the first round.