Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
With the 97th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Quinn Meinerz, G, Wisconsin–Whitewater
Quinn Meinerz was not a big name early in the draft process but put together a really impressive showing at the Senior Bowl and became a name that every Chargers fan was familiar with. He was viewed as an option for the team at 77 and was still available at 97.
By picking Tremble at 77 the team would not have to take a tight end at 97 and could have selected Meinerz, who ended up going 98th to the Denver Broncos. Perhaps the team did not have him high on its board but tight end was such a big need so we may not ever know.
What we do know is that Meinerz would have been a solid addition to the offensive line. Yes, the starting offensive line is solid but there is nothing wrong with depth and building something that is sustainable for multiple years, not just a one-year fix with veterans.
With Slater at left tackle, Meinerz could have been competition at right guard with Oday Aboushi. This would have elevated both players and it would have been nice to have a high draft pick as a depth option.
Meinerz may have been the last truly solid guard the team could have landed in the draft unless Telesco finds a sleeper on day three that none of us expect to be an impact player.
That is what I would have done but hey, only time will tell what would have been the better option.