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LA Chargers: Three undrafted free agents to get excited about

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 23: Asmar Bilal #22 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lines up on defense during a game against the Boston College Eagles at Notre Dame Stadium on November 23, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Boston College 40-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 23: Asmar Bilal #22 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lines up on defense during a game against the Boston College Eagles at Notre Dame Stadium on November 23, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Boston College 40-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Josh Dunlop, OL

The LA Chargers shocked their fans by not drafting an offensive lineman in the 2020 NFL Draft when most fans were expecting an offensive tackle to be selected. After taking Hebert and trading up for Murray, you cannot blame the Chargers for not taking a depth offensive lineman instead of a skill-position player that could make a difference.

The team seems to be confident in Trey Pipkins’ ability to be a left tackle and there is going to be a fun battle for the position. Pipkins should be the favorite right now, but there is the possibility of Forrest Lamp moving to left tackle, which is something that could unlock that next level that we have been waiting for with Lamp.

The team has depth options in Storm Norton, who was the best offensive lineman during the XFL’s short season, and Sam Tevi, who is, well, okay. If Lamp does not get the left tackle gig than he very well could be the left guard over Dan Feeney, if not Scott Quessenberry, who could play left guard as well as backup Mike Pouncey at center.

With Trai Turner at right guard and Bryan Bulaga at right tackle, there is a promising outlook for the Chargers’ offensive line.

So why get excited about Josh Dunlop? Well, he is a big offensive lineman that flew under the radar coming from a small school (Texas-San Antonio). Dunlop is 6’6″ and 315 pounds and will likely make the transition from tackle to guard to give the Chargers that much-needed guard depth.

He does not have the arm length to be an NFL tackle but has the size and brute strength to be a moderately decent blocker right away in rushing downs.

This is a very minimal comparison but in terms of moving from right tackle to guard with his size, Dunlop reminds me a lot of Fluker. Now, Fluker was more talented, but Fluker made that exact transition and Dunlop is built very similarly to Fluker.

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