With the NFL Combine approaching this weekend, all 32 teams are descending upon Indianapolis to gather further information on some prospects, remove others from their lists and, in particular, to position a number of them on the sacred 'Draft Board'.
It is with the positioning of this year's crop of players that the Chargers will probably notice, more than they have all year, just how much depth there truly is in this class. The reason why this should be more notable to the Chargers organisation above others is because those 'deep' areas tie in fittingly with areas of need in San Diego.
It is unanimously agreed and accepted that defense will, and rightly should be, the first port of call for the Chargers on 8 May. Whether it be a defensive lineman in the form of Louis Nix, or a corner such as Justin Gilbert, San Diego and the fans seem accepting that these are primary areas of concern and need.
Forgetting for a moment though that upgrades to these positions in particular are the most coveted by the Chargers; there are obviously other areas which must be filled before play-off appearances become regular again in San Diego. Most notably a number of critics have labelled the Charger's receiving core as weak despite Keenan Allen's emergence. This is hard to argue with when considering the vast drop-off in yardage after Allen, a rookie after all. Similarly a number of people have called for offensive line reinforcements. Again, despite a successful rookie campaign and last year's first round selection being attributed to this position with D.J. Fluker, many feel that guard remains a gaping hole in respect of protecting Rivers.
It is with these needs in mind however that the 2014 draft class comes into its own, particularly for the Chargers. The depth in this years class, which is effectively across the board, lies predominantly in the wide receiver and offensive line categories. Many mock drafts which delve beyond the first round have been quick to point out that those receivers and linemen which they have assigned later in the draft are only where they are because of the impressive talents that they have to compete with this year.
The knock-on effect of such a deep class at positions of need for the Chargers, and the crux of this article, is that Telesco and McCoy can somewhat relax during those first two rounds of the upcoming draft. Both men can sit, this year, safe in the knowledge that defensive needs can be addressed immediately as they should be and that an array of talent in those offensive positions of need should be sat waiting in rounds three and four. This should help in reducing the chance that the team is forced to jump on a player earlier than desired because talent at the position was wearing thin, and in the Chargers case, should ensure that a defensive draft remains the focus throughout whilst not having to wait another year for offensive holes to be patched up.