If the San Diego Chargers were able to sign a left tackle in free agency, we could be sitting pretty heading into the draft. Maybe we can sign Branden Albert or Max Starks and then we wouldn’t need to worry about certain players falling to us at the 11 spot.
If we have nobody signed for the position, we basically will be sitting and praying that a tackle will fall to 11. Other teams would easily see our need and if they wanted a tackle, they could try and pull off a trade to move up in the draft. Then what would we do when one of those tackles didn’t fall to us? We have to hope one of the other prospects falls to us in the next round?
Signing a guy like Starks or Albert would give us so much more flexibility. If we decided to, we could take one of the top offensive guards with our selection, Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper. If CB Dee Milliner is around, we could take him and wait for a guard in the next round. If WR Cordarrelle Patterson is available then we could go ahead and bring him on as part of the offense. Even if Lane Johnson or one of the other tackles are available, we can still draft them and use him as the starter at the left or right tackle position.
Keeping Mike Harris and possibly Jared Gaither as the only left tackles on the roster going into the draft would leave us really vulnerable. Our draft would easily be a fail if we didn’t get one of the top 3 tackles. That seems way to risky. The Chargers need to sign a left tackle going into free agency.