After all of the moves and signings made by the Chargers over the past two weeks, it’s safe to say that we can narrow down the team’s biggest needs to two positions: left tackle and cornerback.
Right now, I bet some of you are saying to yourselves, “Michael, of course it’s left tackle. Of course anything offensive line should be the team’s biggest need.”
And I partially agree.
However, the team did just sign three starters to go with incumbent right tackle Bryan Bulaga. At this very moment, the line has at least three average to above average starters, which is already better than anything they’ve had for most of the past decade. Depending on how much you liked the Oday Aboushi singing, you could say they have four of those caliber of player.
But what about corner? Behind soon-to-be 32 year old Chris Harris and newly re-signed Michael Davis, it’s Brandon Facyson, Donte Vaughn, and John Brannon. Does that list of names inspire any sort of confidence? Because it doesn’t for me.
If you think of the starting group of corners, which should include the top three players at the position, and hold them in the same light as a starting five of offensive lineman, then having two of three above-average starters in the secondary should be viewed with the same or even more disdain of having four-of-five on the offensive line.
When I look at it this way — and I hope you’re all still following me just fine — then I realize it may not be that far out of left field to see the Chargers forego a left tackle for another cornerback, especially if a Jaycee Horn or Greg Newsome is available at #13 and Rashawn Slater is not.
So now with all of this mind, I want to hear where you’re all sitting with this hypothetical situation decision. Right now, do you prefer a left tackle with the 13th pick or would you prefer they reinforce the secondary? Who is the most ideal pick on day one?
What is your most-ideal pick at #13?
This poll is closed
OG/T Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
CB Greg Newsome, Northwestern
CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech