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LA Chargers: One free agent to pursue at every position

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 20: Joe Thuney #62 of the New England Patriots in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 20: Joe Thuney #62 of the New England Patriots in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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OT: Kelvin Beachum

There’s not a lot of available free agents that I love in the offensive tackle department. Trent Williams will likely stay in San Francisco and the other “top” options are Alejandro Villanueva, Jason Peters, and Russell Okung. Villanueva and Okung are going on 33 while Peters approaches 40.

Last offseason, I actually planned to write a “why the Chargers should sign Kelvin Beachum take”. Then I woke up the next morning and saw that he signed with the Cardinals overnight. Beachum did very well with the Cards as a pass blocker, scoring a 69.0 PFF grade. That’s about 15 points higher than Sam Tevi, the highest-graded Chargers’ offensive lineman.

Beachum still has some work to do as a run blocker, but he can be good depth or start from the jump. He allowed 1.5 pressures per game in Arizona and just three sacks over the 16 game season.

While Beachum did play right tackle last season, he also has the ability to play left. In fact, Beachum actually played left tackle from every season outside of his rookie season in 2012 and 2020.

The Chargers should absolutely address tackle early in the draft, but Beachum is quality depth either way. I’d also probably rather have him than another year of Tevi if it came to that.

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