LA Chargers: 3 offensive tackles to consider in second round
By Travis Wakeman
The LA Chargers have been a team in a need of a steady, competent offensive line for quite some time now.
With the 2020 NFL draft fast approaching, many fans are on the soapbox to draft an offensive lineman in the first round. There was erratic play within the group last season as well as questions surrounding both Russell Okung and Mike Pouncey this offseason, drafting a top prospect along the offensive line seems like the right move this year.
But the Chargers also need a new quarterback and though next year’s draft has names like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, this year’s crop of quarterbacks is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, the Chargers hold the No. 6 overall pick and will have a great chance to grab one of those guys.
I have laid out reasons why the Chargers can’t pass on a quarterback in the first round already, and that was before the combine. Now that the team has been able to see the workouts of guys like Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, that stance was only solidified.
Should the Chargers land a quarterback like that in the first round, then they can start to acquire players to help protect that quarterback.
Signing a free agent such as Jack Conklin remains a possibility and he sits at the top of many fans of the team’s offseason wish list. However, they wouldn’t be the only team trying to snag the stud tackle from the Tennessee Titans.
Recently, the New York Jets have emerged as a team that is looking to make Conklin a big offer.
Keeping those things in mind, here is a look at a few tackles that the Chargers could use their second-round pick on. These players would be an upgrade over the likes of Sam Tevi and Trent Scott in the long run and would push each of those guys to the bench sooner rather than later.