Current starter: Sam Tevi
While it can be argued that punter and cornerback aren’t really weaknesses for the Chargers, there’s not much arguing that right tackle is. Unless of course, you’re a fan of Tevi, which is likely nobody.
Third-round pick Trey Pipkins is likely not the answer either, at least not in the immediate future. How could the team improve in this spot? Here are some ideas:
Free agent: Ryan Schraeder
Tevi needs some real competition this summer and unless the team expects Pipkins to be a quick study, he’s likely not going to get it. Schraeder spent six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and made multiple starts at right tackle, including 13 last season.
He’s 31 years old and his best days may be behind him, but he could certainly come in and push Tevi and if nothing else, that might make Tevi a better overall player.
Trade with Houston Texans
There aren’t many great trade options available and not many teams want to give up offensive linemen.
The Texans signed Seantrel Henderson to a one-year contract extension this offseason, but that was before they used their first-round pick on Tytus Howard, who figures to be an immediate starter.
In this scenario, the Chargers would get a player who has made 28 career starts. At 6-foot-7 and 351 pounds, Henderson is a mountain of a man who is more experienced on the professional level than Tevi. Knowing the Chargers would be somewhat desperate, the Texans would try to talk them out of as much as a fifth-round pick.
Remember, these are just hypothetical scenarios and are not likely to happen. However, it provides for some fun conversation about how the team could possibly get better before the season begins.