Offensive lineman Brenden Jaimes of Nebraska (67) Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Round 5: LA Chargers Offensive Lineman Brenden Jaimes
If there was one clear-cut area the LA Chargers needed to address without any delay during the NFL Draft, it was the offensive line.
Previous moves in free agency helped bring aboard players like former Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley and former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Matt Feiler, and the first-round drafting of Rashawn Slater hopefully produces a bookend lineman who can anchor this unit for the next 10 years or so.
But don’t overlook the fifth-round addition of Round 5 offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes out of Nebraska, who could have easily been selected by someone else in the fourth round.
Jaimes, 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds, is a notable run blocker who can hold his own in pass protection. And while he primarily played tackle in college, Jaimes can double up as a guard, too.
It’s likely the Bolts give the rookie every chance to compete for an interior starting job right away.
Yet the more realistic scenario would be Jaimes working his way up the depth chart towards being a high-caliber reserve player for both the interior and at right tackle, thereby guarding against injury attrition up front.