Chargers Draft

Chargers Draft: Tackle, corner or receiver? What recent history favors at 13

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 11: DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates his touchdown with Jaylen Waddle #17 during the second quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 11: DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates his touchdown with Jaylen Waddle #17 during the second quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Tackles taken 10-15 since 2010:

Complete busts: None

Every tackle taken from 10-15 has as least had a productive NFL career. They may not have been great, but they are serviceable.

Last year’s picks: Jedrick Wills Jr, Mehki Becton, Tristan Wirfs

It is too early to judge a tackle after just one year in the league, so each position will have a specific area where we discuss any prospects taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The three tackles taken from 10-15 all have potential and two of them are guaranteed to be long-term starters. Jedrick Wills and Tristan Wirfs were both extremely promising in their rookie seasons and will continue to be average (at worst) tackles for their respective teams.

Becton was hurt last season and did not play particularly great for the New York Jets, but there is still a lot of potential there.

Good careers: Anthony Davis, D.J. Fluker, Kolton Miller

Anthony Davis decided to retire early from the NFL but it does not take away how talented he was during his time in the league. He was consistently an above-average (but not great) right taclke for the 49ers and probably would still be in the league today.

D.J. Fluker is the only first-round offensive lineman that Tom Telesco selected and they moved him to guard. He definitely has had a good career, but the Chargers need a bonafide tackle this go around.

Kolton Miller is still very young and could turn his good career thus far into a great career. Miller has played three seasons for the Las Vegas Raiders and has been a serviceable left tackle.

Pro Bowlers: Taylor Lewan, Andrus Peat, Laremy Tunsil

Spoiler alert: There are more Pro Bowl tackles taken from picks 10-15 since 2010 than cornerbacks or wide receivers, but there are also more tackles selected overall.

None of these tackles are the best tackles in the league or have an All-Pro honor to their name, but they were all good enough to get multiple Pro Bowl honors and Tunsil is still young, so he very well could become an All-Pro tackle.

No busts, three Pro Bowlers, three players with solid careers and three rookies from last year that have a ton of potential. That is a good group.

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