LA Chargers: Top five positions of need after free agency
2. Offensive Guard
A big splash was made in the offseason when the Chargers decided to trade Russell Okung for five-time Pro Bowler Trai Turner. The move was an incredible deal for Tom Telesco. Fans thought Okung would nab a mid-round pick, but not a proven veteran.
Turner will obviously take up a big portion of the right guard snaps in 2020, but there are some depth issues that remain when looking at the position as a whole. For one, the team has no other right guards. Dan Feeney is the starting left guard as of now, which isn’t great news considering he was below average last season. Forrest Lamp had his moments in 2019, but a broken ankle ended his season prematurely.
As far as free agents, there’s not a whole lot to talk about. Michael Schofield does remain a free agent. His consistency is a reason he could be brought back at the right price. Relative to the rest of the offensive line, he doesn’t have any health or durability questions. John Simpson, Darryl Williams, and Jonah Jackson are guards in the draft that could bring some much-needed depth to the position.
Until Lamp plays a full season, or Feeney plays more efficiently, guard is going to be a need for the Chargers. Turner is a great start, but the team really needs two good guards, not one. In addition to that, depth is needed. The offensive line as a whole has struggled with injuries for years, and contingency plans are needed for that.