Today when i was going through one of my many chargers fantasies of the day and I was imagining how amazing the team would be if AJ got a Nick Perry at 18 and a Harrison Smith at 49. Perfect world scenario right? All defensive holes plugged with good players. That's when I realized the potential major hole we could have.
Inside Linebacker is thought to be set. We have the perennially good Takeo Spikes and what looks like an up and comer in Donald Butler. I like them both a great deal, but what happens if Spikes begin to show age or gets hurt for a large portion of the season (unlikely due to his track record I know, but he did play an unusually large amount of snaps last year). Or what happens if Butler regresses a bit as offenses start to game plan for him?
The backup for either of them appears to be Jonas Mouton who did not play last year due to a shoulder injury. The last LB to come off an injured rookie year (Butler) did very well but it's no guarantee Mouton will do the same. After that we have the free agent Demorrio Williams who appears to be a special-teamer and a strictly backup rotational player at best.
All of the truly good 3-4 defenses have a stud or two at Inside Linebacker and the chargers appear thin there too in addition to RB2 and SS and OLB. I would hope that AJ has a plan for the worst case scenario there. I know of no one in the draft who could be a late round guy to perform for us outside of Vontaze Burfict who does not seem like an AJ type selection. Any thoughts on the validity of this concern and possible solutions would be appreciated in the comments.