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LA Chargers: Projecting the 2020 offensive depth chart

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 39-10. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 39-10. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 26: Austin Jackson #OL25 of the USC Trojans speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 26, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 26: Austin Jackson #OL25 of the USC Trojans speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 26, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Guard: Michael Schofield, Dan Feeney, Forrest Lamp, Ryan Groy

Tackle: Jack Conklin, Trey Pipkins, Austin Jackson, Spencer Drango

Center: Mike Pouncey, Scott Quessenberry

The Chargers were regarded as one of the worst lines in the NFL last year, and for good reason. Pockets were constantly collapsing as linemen went down each week with injury after injury. 2020 is a time where the Chargers have to invest in the offensive line for the future.

This year, the tackle position is what I see the Chargers dipping the most cap and resources into. Russell Okung is likely to be released with his cap hit and his inability to stay on the field. With the money the Chargers save there, they can go fishing for a big free agent at tackle.

That could be Jack Conklin, who will hit free agency considering some of the big decisions the Tennessee Titans have to make.

The Chargers will use the draft to keep building the offensive line. One name that makes sense here is USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson. His power and footwork are terrific and he may be able to make an instant impact in the pros.

Mike Pouncey does return from his neck injury at center. Despite the injury, he’s still fairly young and has the potential to return to his 2018 form. Michael Schofield has been incredibly consistent at guard, and he probably won’t be too expensive.

The Chargers are OK at guard and center should Pouncey be healthy. However, they really need some consistency at tackle. Cutting Okung can give the Chargers a lot of versatility in being able to also remove Trent Scott and Sam Tevi from the picture.

Next. Herbert impresses at combine

The Chargers will head into 2020 with a similar team but with some important tweaks. Taylor takes over for Rivers as the Chargers draft Herbert at six.

Gordon decides to leave in free agency, opening the door for the Chargers to really showcase Ekeler and Jackson, while also signing Howard.

Mims and Gabriel feel like really great complements to Allen and Williams, especially with their speed. Tight end stays largely the same, while the Chargers look to revamp the tackle spots on the offensive line.

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