LA Chargers: Four potential draft needs for the Chargers in 2021
By Jason Reed
4. LA Chargers 2021 NFL Draft needs: Interior offensive line
First off, there are several different positions that you could make the case for with this fourth need. Wide receiver could be a need, although the team’s number one free-agent priority should be keeping Keenan Allen; or perhaps offensive tackle, but I believe they are set with Bryan Bulaga and Trey Pipkins.
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A lot of Charger fans are not big fans of Trey Pipkins but he actually put together some decent advanced metrics in what was a learning year for him last season. The 2019 third-round pick has a lot of potential I think he will be a starting-caliber tackle this season.
The inside of the offensive line is up in the air, though. The only tangible players that are locked down after this season are Trai Turner and Scott Quessenberry and Turner’s last season under contract is 2021.
Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney and Mike Pouncey are all going to be free agents and while Quessenberry will help replace Pouncey, if the Chargers do not re-sign him, the team is going to need to fill out the depth.
Feeney and Lamp have not been that great for the Chargers, anyway, and this year is a prove-it year for both of them. If one of them thrives then the Chargers will likely bring them back, but if they both play as they have been, it would not be surprising to see the Chargers turn a new page.
Depending on the situation at defensive end, I would not be shocked to see the LA Chargers’ first-round pick be a guard, especially if they are high in the draft order and can lock down one of the surefire guards.
Whether it is needing depth or needing to draft that franchise-caliber offensive lineman that can anchor down the fort for years to come, the team will need to address the interior of the offensive line in the 2021 NFL Draft.