Bolts Checking Out Pass Rushers at the Senior Bowl

The Chargers are paying careful attention to pass rushers at the Senior Bowl.

The Chargers’ decision makers have not shied away from talking about the need to bring in more “impact players” on defense. And when they use that term, their mind’s eye sees a pass rusher to help out opposite Shaun Phillips.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports Chargers general manager A.J. Smith was excited to get a look at pass rushers like Melvin Ingram of South Carolina and Courtney Upshaw of Alabama.

“I’m focused on pass rush every year,” Smith said. “Are we looking for that now? Yeah.”

The elite pass rusher is not considered as abundant in this year’s draft as in 2011.

“That class was unbelievable,” a longtime NFC defensive coordinator said Tuesday. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

What the Chargers do in the draft could depend on what they do in free agency, which Smith appraised Tuesday as a “huge, talented crop.”


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