2. Move Matt Feiler to right tackle and draft a guard
This idea, proposed by Daniel Popper and a few other writers, is likely to be quite controversial.
Last year, the Los Angeles Chargers signed Matt Feiler and placed him at left guard next to rookie Rashawn Slater to ensure a veteran presence next to the rookie. That decision turned out to create one of the best left sides of an offensive line in the NFL.
Splitting up that duo will be a difficult decision considering the efficiency of the running game to the left side of the offensive line.
However, Matt Feiler was a right tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers the year before, and he was a good one by all accounts. In fact, during Feiler's career as a Steeler, he performed better at right tackle than he did at left guard, though many different factors including players around Feiler played an impact in that.
But now, with Rashawn Slater a proven, elite left tackle, it would be acceptable to place Slater on an island with a new guard and move the more proven Feiler to right tackle.
The switch from left guard to right tackle would be an insane proposal for most players, but Feiler has been there and done that. If Feiler is moved to right tackle and Oday Aboushi is brought back, the right side of the line is suddenly complete.
That frees up the Chargers to do what they want with their pick at 17. In this situation, positional need and draft talent lines up well for the Chargers.
With a hole to fill at left guard, the Chargers can draft one of Kenyon Green or Zion Johnson. At 17, the Chargers are likely near the beginning of the range for these two players who are expected to be quality starters at the next level.
Some may argue that this also places the Chargers in a poor situation where they have to draft for need.
While this is true and less than ideal, good players should be available at that position of need. Also, the Chargers do have a potential depth solution at the position in Brenden Jaimes. While it would be less than ideal to put Jaimes in a position where he would need to be a good starter without experience, it is better to count on Jaimes at left guard than Pipkins or Norton at right tackle based on quality of player and importance of position.
With Jaimes in place, a guard could also be selected in the third or fourth round. Again, it would be better to have a competition between unproven players at left guard between two all-pro players rather than on an island at right tackle.