LA Chargers’ potential 2021 first-round needs: 1. Offensive line
This is technically cheating as this is more than one position and is an entire position group, but the argument remains the same. Even if the LA Chargers’ offensive line takes big leaps this year, the team is going to need to add a first-round talent somewhere. It is about time as well.
The Chargers have not picked an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2013 when they selected D.J. Fluker with the 11th overall pick. You have to go back another 28 years to 1985 to find the second-most recent first-round offensive lineman, Jim Lachey.
It is time that the Chargers invest a first-round pick on an offensive lineman and there definitely will be some sort of need that opens up this season. Will it be left guard? Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp have not been great thus far in their careers and are at the end of their contracts.
It could be center, even. Mike Pouncey is in the last year of his contract and an elite center is a better outlook than Scott Quessenberry, although Quessenberry was not bad. Right guard and right tackle are locked up for at least the 2021 season and left tackle could become a need if Trey Pipkins struggles mightily and nobody steps up to the plate.
Will the LA Chargers draft an offensive lineman in the first round? Probably not, for whatever reason the team shies away from drafting that position in the first round.
But right now, even with the potential of the offensive line taking a step in the right direction in 2020, it is still, by far, the most likely first-round NFL Draft need for the Bolts in 2021.