By Dakota Follett (@dakfollett) | Published April 18, 2020
It remains to be seen what direction the Chargers will go at quarterback. Will they look to add a top young gunman via the draft? Could they look behind door number two and wait out the market for Cam Newton or Jameis Winston? Or will they enter training camp with the underwhelming duo of Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick to battle it out. It’ll be one of the more exciting storylines to watch unfold on Day One of the draft. Be sure to download your copy of the 2020 NFL Draft Bible, featuring 600+ scouting reports.
QUARTERBACK: Tyrod Taylor/Easton Stick
Money Invested: $8.244M | Percentage of Cap: 4.2% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: The Chargers have said that they plan to start Tyrod Taylor next season, plus they’re apparently very high on the youngster Easton Stick. My bet is they still grab a quarterback to come in and groom for the future.
RUNNING BACK: Austin Ekeler/Justin Jackson
Money Invested: $5.750M | Percentage of Cap: 2.9% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: The Chargers locked up Austin Ekeler but they will most likely look to add a downhill between-the-tackles runner on day two or three to replace Melvin Gordon.
WIDE RECEIVER: Keenan Allen/Mike Williams/Andre Patton | Depth: Jason Moore/Jalen Guyton/Tyron Johnson/Darius Jennings
Money Invested: $22.434M | Percentage of Cap: 11.3% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: The top two guys are set here but the Chargers need to find complimentary options and depth on the outside.
TIGHT END: Hunter Henry/Virgil Green | Depth: Andrew Vollert/Stephen Anderson
Money Invested: $15.467M | Percentage of Cap: 7.8% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Hunter Henry will play under the franchise tag next season but the Chargers will most likely try to lock him up long-term. In the meantime they can look to add depth to the bottom of this group.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Trent Scott/Bryan Bulaga | Depth: Trey Pipkins/Sam Tevi/Tyree St. Louis/Koda Martin
Money Invested: $9.853M | Percentage of Cap: 5% | Need Level: URGENT
Overview: The Chargers have a glaring need at left tackle after trading away Russell Okung, a spot they will likely address at pick No.6.
OFFENSIVE GUARD: Dan Feeney/Trai Turner | Depth: Forrest Lamp
Money Invested: $13.485M | Percentage of Cap: 6.8% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The Chargers traded for Trai Turner due to the questionable health of Forrest Lamp moving forward. Once he’s ready to return, this group will be solid.
CENTER: Mike Pouncey | Depth: Scott Quessenberry/Cole Toner
Money Invested: $8.821M | Percentage of Cap: 4.5% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Mike Pouncey is still a reliable leader for this club but he is getting older. Adding youth to develop behind him would be a smart move to make.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Linval Joseph/Justin Jones | Depth: Jerry Tillery/PJ Johnson/Cortez Broughton
Money Invested: $10.365M | Percentage of Cap: 5.2% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Linval Joseph was picked up in free agency to replace Brandon Mebane and Jerry Tillery was drafted in the first-round last year to help this interior pass rush. This group is counting on a few guys to take steps forward next season.
EDGE RUSHER: Joey Bosa/Melvin Ingram III | Depth: Isaac Rochell/Uchenna Nwosu/Malik Jefferson
Money Invested: $34.131M | Percentage of Cap: 17.2% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The duo of Bosa and Ingram is one of the league’s best coming off the edge, plus the Chargers have some young and versatile depth options here.
LINEBACKER: Nick Vigil/Denzel Perryman/Kyzir White | Depth: Drue Tranquill/Emeke Egbule
Money Invested: $10.869M | Percentage of Cap: 5.5% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: If there’s a weakness on this defense, it’s at linebacker. Nick Vigil was signed in free agency to help Denzel Perryman in the middle of this defense, but higher quality options can be found in the draft.
CORNERBACK: Casey Hayward Jr./Chris Harris Jr./Desmond King II | Depth: Michael Davis/Brandon Facyson/Quenton Meeks/Tevaughn Campbell
Money Invested: $24M | Percentage of Cap: 12.1% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: With the addition of Chris Harris Jr. in free agency this group looks suffocating to opposing wide receivers.
SAFETY: Derwin James/Rayshawn Jenkins | Depth: Nasir Adderley/Roderic Teamer
Money Invested: $7.429M | Percentage of Cap: 3.7% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The future duo of Derwin James and Nasir Adderley is very promising on the backend, plus Rayshawn Jenkins emerged as a solid option as well last year.
KICKER: Michael Badgley
Money Invested: $0.750M | Percentage of Cap: 0.4% | Need Level: LOW
PUNTER: Ty Long
Money Invested: $0.695M | Percentage of Cap: 0.3% | Need Level: MEDIUM
LONG SNAPPER: Cole Mazza
Money Invested: $0.675M | Percentage of Cap: 0.3% | Need Level: MEDIUM
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