The resounding position of need following the 2013 season for the San Diego Chargers was at cornerback. The 29th ranked pass defense (including 31st and 32nd against No. 1 and No. 2 receivers) needs players who can lock it down on the outside to open up big plays on the inside. While the numbers look bad, they are actually a bit misleading. Shareece Wright came on strong towards the end of the season and Richard Marshall was serviceable. The return of Melvin Ingram also gave the Bolts a stronger pass rush making things easier on the secondary. I expect the comeback of Dwight Freeney to do similar things in 2014. Additionally, signing Brandon Ghee was a low risk, high reward move, and I like his potential.
With all this being said, the evolution of the passing game in the NFL has made the motto throughout the league “you can’t have too many cornerbacks.” This leaves the Bolts likely to have their eyes on some of the top prospects at the position. In a dream world, Darqueze Dennard is in powder blue and gold night one of the NFL draft, but guys like Jason Verrett, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, and LaMarcus Joyner could be middle round guys that pan out in a big way. I’m excited to see what Telesco does as an encore to his first draft, and I fully expect him to hit big in the defensive secondary.