The LA Chargers have really been proactive with the offensive line in free agency, bringing in three players who could start for the team in 2021. Corey Linsley is going to start at center, Matt Feiler should be the team’s starting left guard and Oday Aboushi is not a bad option to start at right guard if he plays like he did last season.
Bryan Bulaga is still slated to be the team’s right tackle and there is just one glaring hole in the offensive line: left tackle. The Chargers’ current options at left tackle are Storm Norton and Trey Pipkins, so it is clear that the Chargers are going to add left tackle help at some point.
That should come in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft and if it were up to me it would be in the first round. However, the Chargers can make just as good of a case to draft Jaycee Horn with the 13th overall pick, saving left tackle for the second round.
Or they could forego it altogether and sign Alejandro Villanueva, who is one of the best left tackles on the market and is someone who Charger fans have discussed.
There is a reason why Villanueva is still a free agent and the Chargers should not be the team to take the chance on him. The 33-year-old is entering the latter stages in his career and the Chargers are all-too-familiar with bringing in old offensive linemen and them getting hurt or regressing.
It is time to draft someone that can anchor the offensive line for years to come. Villanueva simply is not that and he is already showing serious signs of regression. According to Pro Football Focus, Villanueva allowed 43 pressures in 1,098 snaps played last season.
That is really bad. The LA Chargers should stay far away.