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How the Chargers can solve their offensive line woes in 2020

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Anthony Lynn (R) of the Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers #17 look up at the replay during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Anthony Lynn (R) of the Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers #17 look up at the replay during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: Offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz #61 of the Wisconsin Badgers snaps the ball to quarterback Alex Hornibrook #12 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: Offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz #61 of the Wisconsin Badgers snaps the ball to quarterback Alex Hornibrook #12 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Step 3: Prioritize the group in the draft

While this might be a no brainer, it’s easier said than done. The suggestion here is not simply to pick multiple offensive linemen but to prioritize experienced offensive linemen.

The Chargers need consistency more than anything up front. This unit was far too inconsistent this season. That’s usually what happens when you have a raw and inexperienced group. This front office has the tendency to swing for the fences when it comes to offensive linemen. That should change in this draft.

This is where players like Tyler Biadasz come in. If the Chargers are able to sign a veteran offensive tackle they don’t really need to draft one in the first two rounds and instead could take a player who is probably the best overall lineman projected to go in the second round in Biadasz.

He has been one of the most consistent linemen in the country in the past three years and has made over 30 starts for one of the best running teams in the country. Besides being experienced, he is tenacious, incredibly strong and plays with great leverage.

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Other players that fit this mold are: Calvin Throckmorton from Oregon, Shane Lemieux also from Oregon and Tommy Kraemer from Notre Dame. All four of these prospects would bring a plethora of experience playing at the highest level in college football.

Unlike Biadasz however, those three could be had in later rounds.

Regardless of if the Chargers are able to sign a veteran right tackle or not, expect them to take a few offensive linemen in this draft. If they are able to sign another veteran presence up front, draft at least two low-risk prospects, and at least get Okung back healthy then the group should be much improved in 2020.

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A starting unit of Okung, Quessenberry, Pouncey/Biadasz, Schofield and Conklin would be a huge upgrade over the 2019 unit.

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