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What the Los Angeles Chargers Need in the 2017 NFL Draft: Safety

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The Los Angeles Chargers can not compete for a playoff spot this year with the Safeties they currently have. They’ll need to draft one.

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Let’s continue reviewing the Los Angeles Chargers position by position and figure out what they need to be looking for in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Last week, I did the Quarterbacks. Today, Safeties!

The starters: Jahleel Addae, Dwight Lowery

The backups: Darrell Stuckey, Adrian McDonald, Adrian Phillips, Dexter McCoil

What they need: An NFL-ready player that can compete for a starting job in 2017


Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way:

Jahleel Addae stinks.

That is my opinion. Many don’t agree. In fact, Pro Football Focus rated Addae as the 12th best Safety in the NFL in 2016 and the Chargers thought enough of him to make him one of the 10 highest paid Safeties in the league (paying him just a smidge less than what the Baltimore Ravens are currently paying Eric Weddle).

Let’s go ahead and assume that I’m wrong about Addae because the Chargers don’t have enough picks this year to try and fix both Safety positions.

Dwight Lowery stinks. As far as playing Safety goes, pretty much everyone on the Chargers roster stinks (with the possible exceptions of Addae and Dexter McCoil, who is raw-as-hell).

If the Chargers are planning on competing in the AFC West this year, then their starting Free Safety is not yet on this roster. Here are the guys that the Chargers should be looking to draft later this week.