1. Interior offensive line
If you follow us here at Bolt Beat then you know who the no. 1 priority should be for the LA Chargers this offseason — Corey Linsley. Linsley is coming off of the best year of his career at the center position and there are plenty of reasons why he should be such a big priority for the Bolts.
The Chargers should be drafting an offensive tackle in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and it is unclear who that might be. Rashawn Slater is an intriguing option but is most likely going to be taken before 13, Alijah Vera-Tucker is a very polished offensive lineman who the Bolts could move inside and Christian Darrisaw is the next-best “traditional” left tackle.
Both Slater and Vera-Tucker could play on the inside at the next level, which is fine, but the Chargers do need a left tackle that can have an impact in year one. That does not mean that those two cannot make said impact, but that is for the Chargers to decide.
There is a pressing need at the center position and while they could target someone in the mid-rounds of the draft, they could really use the veteran impact of a center for what should be a young offensive line.
It feels like the Chargers are primed to make a significant signing to the offensive line. It probably won’t be tackle as there are not many great options and they can use the 13th pick and they likely cannot afford Joe Thuney, who will make $5+ million more than Linsley.
Linsley will be the biggest free-agent signing for the Bolts this offseason and any depth guards will make the position the most spent on in free agency.