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Chargers needs; Top 5 picks in 2016 NFL Draft

How are those first five picks looking?

The Chargers finished the 2015 campaign with a 4-12 record, good enough to get general manager Tom Telesco the third pick in the 2016 draft.

It will be interesting to see what Telesco does with a his pick, as the Chargers -- who finished worst in the AFC West --  have a number of needs to fill. Writer K.D. Drummond, who runs CowboysHQ for Scout.com, polled the writers who cover the other four teams with a Top Five pick to see where needs rank for each organization.

Here's my preliminary take on the Chargers:

The Chargers enter the 2016 draft with plenty of needs, including offensive/defensive line and safety, among others.

Perhaps the biggest issue with the Chargers is at the line of scrimmage, where they seem to struggle most. General manager Tom Telesco added two big free-agent signings in 2015 to shore up the left side of the offensive live -- left tackle King Dunlap and left guard Orlando Franklin -- and both were injured much of the season. The rest of the line didn't fare much better, with starting center Chris Watt going on injured reserve and right guard D.J. Fluker suffering multiple concussions and a high-ankle sprain. San Diego's run game was second-worst in the league in 2015, and with Telesco moving up in the first-round to take running back Melvin Gordon, it is imperative this team gets an offensive line that can stay healthy and give Philip Rivers and Co. some kind of chance for a ground game. 

The defensive line isn't in good shape either. Besides defensive end Corey Liuget, the line is average at best. The Chargers allowed 4.8 yards per carry in 2015, third-worst in the NFL. Now that linebackers Manti Te'o and Denzel Perryman seem to be clicking, Telesco could give this defense some help by adding strong linemen in the trenches. 

Speaking of defense, the Chargers could use a playmaker, someone that offenses have to account for. With Eric Weddle moving on, Telesco might want to draft a safety, a strong defender who may be able to get the Chargers some takeaways. San Diego finished 2015 with just 11 interceptions (tied for 21st in the NFL).


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