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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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3. The LA Chargers draft a center in the third round

The LA Chargers would have three third-round picks to use on a center in the 2021 NFL Draft. This is ideal as it allows the team to shore up the offensive line with the last step of his three-step plan while still being able to address other needs.

The Chargers really only need to make one offensive line selection in the third round, leaving the other two picks to address the cornerback and edge rusher positions. Third-round prospects can help right away, whereas selection those positions in the later rounds calls for development.

There a few names to keep in mind in the third round and it all depends on the Chargers’ scouting and who they like the most. Quinn Meinerz is an intriguing name who was relatively unknown up until his tremendous showing at the Senior Bowl.

Tom Telesco likes Senior Bowl standouts. In case you forgot, Justin Herbert was the MVP of the Senior Bowl last season.

Josh Myers from Ohio State could be an option and someone who I really like is Drake Jackson from Kentucky. Jackson is not as versatile as these other guys, so his draft stock gets hurt from being pigeonholed just at the center position.

Regardless, get a center to develop new chemistry with Justin Herbert. Dan Feeney can come back as a depth center but that is all he should be at this point.

The Chargers’ new-look offensive line, at least for the 2021 season, would consist of a Pro Bowler in Brown, two really solid prospects at left guard and center and the two veterans in Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga on the right side.

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If Turner and Bulaga and stay healthy that is a dang good offensive line that is also building towards the future.

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