LA Chargers: 5 steps to return to the playoffs in 2021
3. Draft offensive line help early in the 2021 NFL Draft
The biggest gripe I have with Tom Telesco is his refusal to draft offensive line talent early in the draft. Since he took over general manager duties, Telesco has drafted just one offensive lineman in the first round (his first year, 2013) and has only picked one additional lineman in the second round (Forrest Lamp).
That is not how you build up a quality offensive line and Telesco has tried patching up the holes with experienced linemen that either regress or cannot stay healthy. It does not work, and while he has made some really solid first-round picks, it is time that he switches course and focuses on the offensive line.
The offensive line has been woeful this season and it is clear that they need more talent and more depth at the position. They need players that can make an immediate impact and protect the future of the franchise and not addressing that early in the draft is simply negligence at this point.
Two offensive linemen (at the minimum) should be drafted with the team’s four picks in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. If the team drafts two, they could even target a traditional center in the fourth or later.
Someone such as Drake Jackson could be available in the fourth round. Jackson projects to be a starting-caliber center right away and falls on the draft board as he really only projects to be a center.