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Los Angeles Chargers: Breaking down the 2020 NFL Draft needs

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers added Bryan Bulaga in free agency, and have rookie Trey Pipkins continuing to develop, but should they invest more in the line as a whole? Absolutely.

When you look at the offensive line on paper, it doesn’t look too bad at all. From left to right, you have Trey Pipkins, Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney, Trai Turner, and Bryan Bulaga. The right side is absolutely the strength here. Again though, this is all on paper, and things never go as planned for the Chargers at offensive line.

Lamp has failed to stay healthy, Feeney has struggled at left guard, although mainly due to the lack of stability around him, and Pipkins is still developing. Factor in that Bulaga has had some injury concerns in the past, and this could be go downhill real quick. Depth is a necessity here, and while I personally don’t believe the Chargers go offensive line early, it should be a large possibility.

Early on, you have the big four of Andrew Thomas out of Georgia, Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa, Jedrick Wills out of Alabama, and Mekhi Becton out of Louisville. Each tackle here offers something different, but each one can find a lot of success in the NFL.

Later, you have more versatile players that can play anywhere in a pinch. Ben Bartch out of St Johns and Yasir Durant out of Missouri are good examples of guys that can play both Guard and Tackle should injuries strike, and the team would be wise to invest in one of these two.

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