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Chargers should sign a tackle to create options in draft

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What should the San Diego Chargers do in the first round of the draft?

Should the San Diego Chargers focus on on a right tackle in this NFL draft in the first round? Should the team find someone that can protect Philip Rivers with that first pick? Or should they go with another playmaker that can make some impact plays like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon?

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These will be the questions for the Chargers when they head to the draft. For the last couple of seasons, it seemed clear in which way the Chargers would go in the first round. Telesco was obviously going with the offensive line in his first draft and took D.J. Fluker. In his second draft the team was desperate for help in the secondary and took Jason Verrett.

This time around, it seems that the team would focus on the offensive line again, but there could be more options. Protecting Philip Rivers seemed to be the biggest struggle last season and likely will be the top priority for the offsesoan, but the Chargers can address that need in free agency.

If they are able to find someone to fill that role at right tackle, then this NFL draft will open wide for the Chargers. They could find some pass rushers or a nose tackle to work with on defense. They can also look at those top running backs that could be available when the Chargers make their selection.

In free agency, the Chargers could look at top level players like Brian Bulaga or Doug Free. Or they could look at the second tier players at the position and ask them to protect the right side. Those players would include Joseph Barksdale, Jeremy Parnell and Michael Oher.

Once they lock up a right tackle, the Chargers could then take a player like Gurley in the first round. Gurley has elite talent at running back and could make the offense incredible. He has the talent to be one of the best and should be considered.

With Ryan Mathews becoming a free agent, the team could look to find someone new to take his role on the team. Mathews was an impact player, but his availability was always a question mark. The team will likely let him walk unless he takes a cheap deal.

The Chargers could also look at some talent to add on the defensive side. It all starts with making a nice move in free agency to open up the options for the Chargers. There will be options and the Chargers should look to free agency to open up those options.

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