Chargers should absolutely sign this proposed free-agent offensive lineman

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The LA Chargers had a very eventful offseason that has many fans in a great place as the team heads into the 2022 season. Most of the holes on the roster have been filled and fans could make the case that the Bolts are the most talented team in the NFL.

However, there is still one potential hole on the roster that has been the subject of discourse among the fan base: the right tackle position. The Chargers did nothing to address right tackle this offseason and instead are leaving the starting job in the hands of either Trey Pipkins or Storm Norton.

Pipkins appears to be the frontrunner for the job and there is speculation that there might be internal faith in Pipkins to provide quality snaps for the Bolts. Regardless, the tackle position as a whole is rather thin, with either Pipkins or Norton being the lone true tackle depth option.

Sure, there is the likes of Matt Feiler and Jamaree Salyer who could play tackle. But Feiler is the starting left guard and Salyer is just a rookie who was really bad at run-blocking at the college level. Those are not adequate depth options.

For that reason, even if the team expects Pipkins to start, it would not hurt to bring in a quality depth tackle, especially at this point in the offseason where players will come at the minimum. Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus recently pitched the perfect option for the Chargers in Daryl Williams.

Why Daryl Williams makes sense for the LA Chargers:

Daryl Williams possesses something that the LA Chargers have really valued on the offensive line this offseason: versatility. The veteran offensive lineman has experience playing both at tackle and at guard and has had pretty good success in both areas.

While Williams is by no means an elite offensive lineman, he has produced quality reps and his numbers at right tackle are even more impressive. Williams split time between guard and tackle last season but the year before he primarily played right tackle for the Buffalo Bills. He logged 1,050 snaps at the position, allowing just 21 pressures with an 80.0 pass-blocking grade on PFF.

Williams' pass-blocking efficiency rate that in 2020 was 98.1%. To compare, Norton had a 94.9% pass-blocking efficiency rate last season. That is a huge difference. There were 25 tackles who logged at least 1,000 pass-blocking snaps in 2020. Williams ranked fourth in pass-blocking efficiency.

The numbers do not lie and even if he does not recapture that same form, he would give the Chargers an insurance option they feel good about if Pipkins does not make the strides in training camp that the team is expecting him to make.

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At the worst, Williams would be an overqualified depth option. There is no such thing as too much depth, especially in football where players are getting banged up left and right.