San Diego Chargers Offseason Position Needs Pt. 9: Inside Linebacker

April 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Very similar to the safety position, San Diego has great depth at the inside linebacking position while lacking any true game-breaker.
The rotation among Stephen Cooper, Brandon Siler, Tim Dobbins, and Kevin Burnett is much more active, with non-starters Dobbins and Burnett still seeing a lot of field time even when the lineup is completely healthy.
Because of the stability and depth, it is unlikely for San Diego to actively pursue an additional middle linebacker (the actions of the 2009 draft even before Siler’s emergence help to suggest this).
Therefore San Diego’s pursuit of an inside linebacker should cover one of two venues: either a dynamic middle linebacker to supplant one starter and provide a higher-profile force in the middle or a late choice for a deep reserve to supplant James Holt (and potentially become a Brandon Siler-like find).
Few middle linebackers project to be worthwhile in the top 40 picks, the lone name Rolando McClain likely to be...

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