The Chargers are only going to have so many years with Philip Rivers in his prime backed by a solid defense. They wasted one in 2010, because their special teams cost them at least a few wins.
It’s no surprise that the Chargers spent the draft partially looking to fix the problem.
“We need to get back to where we had that great energy,” G.M. A.J. Smith said of San Diego’s special teams via Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We need to get it back, and we’re going to get it back. [Seventh-round pick Andrew Gachkar], we think, is going to be one of those guys.”
Some folks believe Smith wanted to fix special teams a little too much. He spent his second round pick on Jonas Mouton, a linebacker that few saw going in the first three rounds. He’s mostly going to help on special teams.
“We like him; we put him in the second round,” Smith said. “I am more interested in the player than the round after the first round.”
This was a huge draft for Smith, who had five picks in the top 90. They couldn’t fill every need, as the team could have used an edge rusher to develop. Instead, they tried to make sure that their special teams wouldn’t waste another season.