5. Rashawn Slater/Matt Feiler/Corey Linsley
Yes, I cheated the prompt and included three players on the final page in an article where I said there were five total players. Sue me. It is hard to pick one of these offensive linemen to complete the article, even if Rashawn Slater and Corey Linsley do stand out more than Matt Feiler.
At the end of the day, though, the main objective for the Chargers last offseason was to improve the offensive line and that is exactly what has happened. There have been some bumps along the way but this offensive line is significantly better than it was last season and the main reason why is the left side of the line.
Rashawn Slater is putting together one of the best rookie seasons for a left tackle in NFL history and has already made his mark as one of the best tackles in the entire game. Corey Linsley has continued to be an elite center and is one of the best in the entire game while Feiler has been one of the best value signings in the entire NFL.
The Chargers have gotten some surprise contributions from other players as well. Storm Norton started to play much better once he got more reps under his belt and Trey Pipkins, in one game at left tackle and one game at right tackle, actually played really well.
Granted, it is not enough of a sample size for either player to be trusted as a full-time starting tackle but the depth is suddenly promising for next season. If the Chargers play their cards right like they did last offseason then they could legitimately have a top 5-10 offensive line in the entire league.
That seemed like a pipe dream just a year ago and now it looks like the direction that the team is heading. Remarkable.