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LA Chargers: Ranking the AFC West interior defensive linemen

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2. LA Chargers

The LA Chargers certainly have an average interior defensive line at best but that showcases the status of the position in the division. Average puts the Chargers at second, which is right around where they have been ranked for most of these position groups.

Now, we have to be completely honest with the fact that the Chargers can easily be the fourth-ranked team on this list if things do not go as planned. On paper, with the head coaching change, it is easy to rank the Chargers second.

However, if the worst-case scenario happens then the Bolts will plummet. You can make that case with any of the teams on this list but it is most likely with the Chargers.

The worst-case scenario is two things not going as planned. The first would be Linval Joseph regressing at a rapid rate because of his age, which certainly is possible and is not unprecedented.

The second is Jerry Tillery not taking any sort of step forward in year three, cementing his status as an underwhelming draft pick. It is now or never with Tillery this season and with the change to a 3-4 defense and Staley's mind, I have faith that he will be better.

If that is the case, the Chargers would have an average to slightly above-average defensive tackle, an above-average, young defensive end in Tillery and an average run-stuffer in Justin Jones.

The position is not very deep, which can be a concern, but right now it checks in at no. 2.