Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Complete mock draft while trading up for Tua Tagovailoa

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Round 5, Pick 5: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

It might not seem that smart to wait this long for the LA Chargers to address the offensive line but the team is not as poorly off at the position group as it was heading into the offseason. In fact, the O-line is good enough right now to roll into the season with reasonable expectations of holding up.

New additions Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner are anchoring the right side of the line with a healthy Mike Pouncey at center. The team then has an assortment of guards who could play left guard, with the most likely option being either Dan Feeney or Forrest Lamp.

Both have potential, and if Lamp can stay healthy and reach that potential, he would be an above-average guard.

Left tackle is the one concern but it is not even a massive issue for two reasons. First of all, Tua is left-handed, making Bulaga the blindside blocker for the quarterback. Second of all, Trey Pipkins can transition to left tackle and was actually surprisingly solid in his rookie season.

This selection of Sahhdiq Charles would replace Russell Okung in the depth chart and give Pipkins someone to compete with for the job, as Charles was sound enough as a blocker at the collegiate level to win over a starting job.

He is a little small for a tackle, but he has the fundamentals to be a really good professional and just spent an entire season blocking Joe Burrow’s blindside on one of the greatest college football teams of all-time.

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