Corey Linsley - Center - 2021
Since entering the NFL in 2014, Corey Linsley has been regarded as one of the league's best Centers. Snapping to Aaron Rodgers for seven years and then going straight to Justin Herbert for the last year has been incredibly beneficial for him and his development. As a fifth round pick, he did not have the biggest expectations, but easily surpassed them and is now one of the best centers in the league.
The Chargers have always had some troubles when it came to the offensive line. Whether it was injury-related or poor play, the offensive line has been a necessity for a while. The year prior, left guard Dan Feeney had to play the entire 2020 season as the center for rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. Addressing the center position in the offseason was a must, and the Chargers hit gold with Corey Linsley.
In just his first year as the Chargers center, while playing over a thousand offensive snaps, allowed zero sacks to his all-star quarterback. An immediate impact was made, most notably by looking at the comparison between Linsley's 85.7 Pro Football Focus grade in 2021 and Dan Feeney's 48.2 grade in 2020.
The center position is one of the most important positions in the NFL. Being able to safely get the ball to your quarterback as well as protect him from being sacked can set the tone for an offense. His ability to do it all at the center position is what puts him as a top center in the NFL, as well as one of the Chargers' best free-agent signings.