The San Diego Chargers are getting ready for the 2016 season, their forth under head coach Mike McCoy. The Chargers are currently in the midst of a rebuild that as stands is in year two. One of the most important things to accomplish during rebuilds is to get your drafts right. The Chargers had a lot of various needs entering this draft, and did a decent job filling them. Home Game Chargers Tickets are on sale now.
In 2015, one of the Chargers needs was a cornerback, and they drafted undersized but gritty Jason Verrett from TCU. Verrett may be undersized, but he is tough and always finds a way to get the job done. If he were five inches taller, he may have gone in the top five of this draft. The Chargers also needed to fill a hole at outside linebacker. They answered this by selecting Jeremiah Attaochu from Georgia Tech in the second round. Attaochu is a true outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, and will fit in nicely in San Diego. With that need crossed off, the Chargers moved onto offensive guard. In round three, Chris Watt from Notre Dame. Watt is one of the smartest lineman in this draft. The Chargers also needed to add depth in the middle of the defensive line. They fixed this by selection Ryan Carrethers from Arkansas State. Carrethers is a big man and is the ideal run stopper in a 3-4 scheme in the middle. The Chargers then added a little depth at the skill positions on offense. First they drafted Marion Grice from Arizona State in the sixth round. Grice is good between the tackles. In round seven they selected Tevin Reese from Baylor to add depth to their wide receiver core. Putting aside the draft picks, the team has just two key play makers. Thankfully, one of them is Philip Rivers, their quarterback. Chris Watt will be lining up at center this season, and he's got to step up his game. Eric Weedle is still one of the team's key players on defense, and he looks to stay hot in 2015.
The San Diego Chargers were founded in 1960 as the Los Angeles Chargers. After spending just one season in Los Angeles, they moved to San Diego. Throughout their history the Chargers have called three places home. First, during their one season on Los Angeles, they played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. After moving to San Diego, they played in Balboa Stadium from 1961-1966. In 1967 they moved into Qaulcomm Stadium, which remains their home to this day. Over the course of their franchise history, the Chargers have had a lot of regular season success. The Chargers have made the playoffs 18 times and won their division 15 times. However, they only have once AFL Championship to show for it and one conference championship to show for it post-merger. Many say this is one of the reasons as to why former general manager A.J. Smith was fired and Tom Telesco was hired.
The San Diego Chargers had a disappointing 2015. Picked by some to win the AFC West, they finished a disastrous 4-12, the third worst record in the league. Entering the draft, they had a host of various needs. In round one, they needed a pass rusher and drafted Joey Bosa from Ohio State, considered by many to be the best player in the draft. In round two they changed their focus to offense, drafting Hunter Henry, a tight end from Arkansas, who is considered to be Antonio Gates replacement. They had problems communicating along the offensive line last season. So to change that, they drafted Max Tuerk, the center from USC. In round four they selected Joshua Perry, who was Joey Bosa's defensive teammate at Ohio State. We will see with these various holes filled if they can get back into contention in the AFC West.