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LA Chargers: The 3-step plan to instantly rebuild the offensive line

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Orlando Brown #78 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to playing against Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Dan Kubus/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Orlando Brown #78 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to playing against Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Dan Kubus/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The LA Chargers trade back to 19, take an interior offensive lineman

This all depends on what happens in free agency before the draft but if there is one team to circle as a trade back target it is the Washington Football Team. I have already broken down why Washington is such a good trade back target and going back six spots is ideal for the Bolts.

It is ideal for two reasons. First, it keeps the Bolts from reaching for an interior offensive lineman at 13. While that does not really matter, it is always better to get the same player at 19 that you could have gotten at 13.

Second, it allows the team to get draft picks back. This is important because they will be trading their second-round pick to Baltimore in the Orlando Brown trade. Washington has the 49ers’ third-round pick this year, so they have the capital to trade a third-round plus future 4-6 rounder to move up six spots.

At 19, the Chargers can take an assortment of interior offensive linemen. Alijah Vera-Tucker, Wyatt Davis and Trey Smith would all be fantastic fits in LA and would instantly start at right guard for the Chargers.

There is a chance that Vera-Tucker is selected with one of the picks from 14-18 but Davis or Smith would still be fantastic selections. In fact, I personally would rather see the Chargers take a traditional interior offensive lineman in Davis or Smith.

That is mostly because the Chargers have not had great success with taking college tackles and putting them inside (Forrest Lamp).

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