The offseason has officially begun and front offices have their eyes set on free agency and the NFL Draft.
Post Super Bowl mock drafts are everywhere as fans are now turned towards the 2018 season. Los Angeles supporters would like to see their team build on what most consider to be a successful first year under head coach Anthony Lynn.
The NFL Draft will be a key part to fill the holes on a solid Chargers roster. The front seven needs some work and the offensive line needs some final touches.
Here are what the Draft pundits have slotted to Los Angeles.
Dan Kadar (SBNation.com): DT Harrison Phillips (Stanford)
With the futures of Corey Liuget and Brandon Mebane potentially up in the air, the Chargers could look to add a run stopper this offseason. Phillips was incredibly productive at Stanford and should be able to line up at a couple of different spots on the interior of the defensive line.
Kadar’s analysis is spot on. Los Angeles needs a presence for the interior of the defensive line. Phillips is a new name and his added versatility could be a big plus if both Liuget and Mebane are gone.
Todd McShay (ESPN): S Derwin James (Florida State)
James had a disappointing season at Florida State, but he would fit perfectly in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme. James flies around the field versus the run and is a good matchup piece in the passing game. I think he’ll have a better pro career than he did at FSU.
Gus Bradley did have some success with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor...
Chad Reuter (NFL.com): OT Orlando Brown (Oklahoma)
Although the 2018 tackle class has been labeled “weak” by many, Brown is one of the best talents in the Draft. He is massive and should be a strong addition to the Chargers offensive line. There were issues at right tackle last season and if he could become a lead blocker for Melvin Gordon, it could help transform the offense.
Matt Miller (BleacherReport): S Derwin James (Florida State)
Since Eric Weddle’s departure, Draft experts love to tab safties to the Chargers. Although Tre Boston and Jahleel Addae were serviceable starters, the addition of a playmaker like James could be the secondary over the top.
Josh Edwards (247Sports.com): OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame)
McGlinchey is now the third offensive tackle off the board. The Chargers have applied bandages to the position for far too long. They get a well taught lineman midway through the first round to protect Philip Rivers. The franchise addressed the interior offensive line a year ago with great selections of Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp.
Another tackle for the Bolts. A solution at right tackle could make this the best Chargers offensive line in maybe a decade, at least on paper.
Chris Trapasso (CBSSports.com): DT Da’Ron Payne (Alabama)
The Chargers boast the best edge-rushing duo in the AFC -- and possibly in all of football -- with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Payne would be an excellent addition to what would become a ridiculous defensive front in Los Angeles.
Strong defensive line play carried a handful of teams to playoff berths in 2017. Los Angeles would be smart to follow suit. Bosa and Ingram are a special tandem and with a solid presence to help with the run, the Chargers’ defense could enter into elite territory.