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LA Chargers: Redrafting all of Tom Telesco’s first-round picks

Apr 22, 2019; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco at a press conference prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2019; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco at a press conference prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

In the 2014 NFL redraft, the LA Chargers select Joel Bitonio

Yes, another offensive lineman. I know that is a boring pick to make and maybe I am scarred because of the offensive line play from the last decade. The one consistent hole on the Chargers has been protecting the passer and the best option to draft under our rules is guard Joel Bitonio.

But just imagine the interior offensive line that the team could have built. Frederick at center and Bitonio at guard is an excellent start to have one of the best lines in the entire league. It definitely would have been better than Chad Rinehart and Rich Orhnberger.

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Instead, the Chargers could have had Frederick at center, Bitonio at left guard and King Dunlap at left tackle. They would have had to find a replacement right tackle as Fluker is not on the team but they definitely could have done so.

Jason Verrett, meanwhile, is one of the biggest what-ifs picks in recent NFL history. In the lone season that Verrett was healthy, he was one of the best cornerbacks in the league. The problem was that he was never healthy and one great season is not enough compared to what Bitonio would offer.

Bitonio, picked 35th overall, has been named to the Pro Bowl three times, all of which coming in the last three seasons.

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