As draft day draws nearer and nearer, speculation on what position the San Diego Chargers will address with their first round pick continues to grow. Some feel the Chargers would be best suited to draft a running back with their top pick. Others feel an upgrade at safety is needed. But those who've followed the team closely know how much the Chargers want a top offensive tackle.
Last year, the Chargers were poised to select an offensive tackle with the 27th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for the Bolts, a record eight offensive tackles were selected in the first 26 picks. By the time the Chargers came on to the clock, all the tackles were gone.
Not yet content to enter the '08 regular season without depth at the position, the Chargers made a strong run at veteran free agent tackle Willie Anderson. San Diego failed to reach terms with Anderson, who instead signed a three year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
While it should be mentioned that the Chargers were going to start the 2008 regular season with Marcus McNeill injured, they had already signed LJ Shelton but were still looking to add on.
This year, the Chargers have a higher pick in the first round. At 16, they're well position to land top talent at a number of positions. However, should a highly rated offensive tackle be available for the Chargers, I strongly anticipate the team drafting that player and upgrading their offensive line. The Chargers will certainly look to upgrade their defense across the board, and they could very well go with a linebacker with their first pick. But if the right player is there, I think the Chargers pull the trigger and select an elite lineman.
Mike Goff will leave the team as a free agent and the Chargers could draft a tackle to play on the right side, sliding Jeromey Clary inside to guard. The run game would get a boost with the addition of a physical tackle and the Chargers would now have bookends to protect their franchise QB for years to come.
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