LA Chargers: Five fun position battles after the NFL Draft
By Jason Reed
The LA Chargers have made a lot of additions in the offseason, whether it be via trade, via free agency, or via the 2020 NFL Draft. Tom Telesco and the rest of the front office did a good job of addressing most of the team’s needs while creating position battles in other areas.
While they are not all sparked by the NFL Draft, we could pinpoint five fun position battles that we can expect to watch after the 2020 NFL Draft.
LA Chargers position battles after the 2020 NFL Draft:
1. Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney — LG
The Chargers offensive line is in a much better state now than it was before the offseason. The team shored up the right side of the offensive line with Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga and is hoping to get Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey back in 2020 to be the third ‘for sure’ starter.
The left tackle and left guard position are both theoretically up for grabs, but I think it is the left guard spot that will be more interesting. Personally, I am okay and ready to see Trey Pipkins as the team’s starting left tackle.
The left guard battle is going to be between two young players: Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. The optimistic way to look at this battle is that it is going to bring the best out of both men and either way the Chargers will get a solid option at left guard, that is the hope, at least.
Lamp has a higher ceiling as he was a first-round prospect that fell to the Chargers in the second round. He transitioned from left tackle to left guard in the NFL and just has not really gotten a chance to thrive because of injuries.
Feeney, on the other hand, was solid his rookie season but has not been great since and is prone to mistakes. If he is the worst starting offensive lineman that is not a terrible outlook, but he has been unable to build on his NFL experience and get any better.