The 2019 NFL Combine is finally here. While the Pro football prospects are showing their physical and technical ability, all 32 front offices are preparing their draft plans, strategies that could make or break a franchise.
Offensive tackle, interior defensive lineman and linebacker are positions that require attention for the Chargers’ roster restructure. General manager Tom Telesco spoke confidently about the Chargers offseason activities, including discussions that have taken place between the Bolts and several players, including veteran Antonio Gates and cornerback Jason Verrett. Shaping the roster for 2019 is the key to another successful season.
Chargers’ Roster Restructure
The 2019 draft will show what direction Telesco is taking the Chargers. First-round draft options lean toward an offensive tackle. Who’d be surprised if the Bolts picked up a quarterback with the potential to pick up the baton from Philip Rivers? Daniel Jeremiah offered his view on a potential QB pick.
“Late in the first round, I think (you) potentially could be in the Daniel Jones, Drew Lock range. I don’t know that the Chargers will be able to see either one of those quarterbacks if (they) got to the second round”, via chargers.com
Jeremiah’s comments make complete sense. Few would argue with his football knowledge but there lies the problem. The Chargers don’t have the luxury of additional first-round picks, unlike their divisional rivals, the Oakland Raiders.
Telesco has to make the choice of fixing the offensive line or drafting the franchise’s next offensive leader. It’s an interesting conundrum and one that will have Chargers fans glued to the NFL Network during the draft.
Bolt Beat site expert Travis Wakeman writes that drafting Mack Wilson, Dre’Mont Jones or Dexter Lawrence would make more sense in the first round. It’s a line that many Chargers fans would agree with. The Chargers’ roster restructure hinges on the 28th overall pick.