The final wildcard:
It’s probably an understatement to say that this offensive tackle group needs some work. Bryan Bulaga is an elite right tackle, but the left tackle spot is still in flux after the team (wisely) traded Russell Okung for Trai Turner.
The team reportedly believes in Pipkins and Telesco also mentioned that Sam Tevi or even Forrest Lamp will be given the chance to fight for that spot once offseason training begins.
The team could look into signing Jason Peters to a one year deal while those options develop, but the right tackle depth still needs work. Before Okung’s pulmonary embolism and trade, the plan was to keep him around for two more years while Pipkins developed and would eventually become the heir apparent.
They could employ that same kind of tactic with Bulaga this time around. This is where Alex Taylor would come in. Taylor is a major project as far as technique goes, but you can’t teach size and Taylor is 6’8 and 310 pounds. He’s shown enough flashes athletically that there is some upside here.
Pairing him with Pipkins would likely give the LA Chargers the biggest tackle combination in the league (Pipkins is 6’6) and if new offensive line coach Bryan Campen can work his technical magic with those two that could pan out rather nicely for this team.
The question concerning tackles is really going to come down to how much the front office believes in that development of the younger players currently on the roster. The smart decision would be to take one in the first two rounds to ensure that they get a high-level talent at the position.
But Telesco has repeatedly shown that he’s willing to be patient and trust in the development of his young players. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this draft pans out.