Chargers still looking to fill the “hole” at left tackle

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The Chargers need a left tackle. That is obvious to anyone and everyone.

Sam Tevi, who started 14 games at left tackle for the Chargers last season, signed with the Colts earlier this offseason. The Chargers do not have a good option to protect prized quarterback Justin Herbert‘s blindside.

“Yeah, there certainly [is] a hole there right now,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said Thursday. “We feel like we have some tackle prospects on the roster that can certainly play there. But it’s gonna be certainly a position that we need to address you know, before July. As you know, there’s a lot different ways to address it within the draft, free agency, trade. So there’s a lot of different ways that you can do that. Definitely that’s gonna be a piece that we need to fill before July and we’re excited to do it. But we really like the way we’ve started in free agency with the interior of our line.”

The Chargers have the 13th overall choice, and though Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell said it “would be a dream come true” to block for Herbert again, Sewell isn’t likely to remain on the board that long. Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw and Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater also are first-round prospects.

Eric Fisher and Alejandro Villanueva remain available in free agency, and Ravens tackle Orlando Brown Jr. has requested a trade.

The Chargers signed center Corey Linsley and guard Matt Feiler in free agency, but until they find a left tackle, the team’s line remains wanting.

5 responses to “Chargers still looking to fill the “hole” at left tackle

  1. Umm, that’s a pretty big hole especially for a team that just lost a load of talent with this claim of a great GM for the Chargers. Be a shame if their upstart qb had a blindside problem.

  2. The Chargers have a Franchise QB. They need to do what it takes to protect his backside.

  3. Chargers have had a very good run at QBs, they had Fouts Flutie, Brees and Rivers We will skip Leaf for obvious reasons) now Herbert with Hebert possibly being the most gifted, for an organization that can’t win a SB, they sure do above average in attaining QB talent–protect this young man!

  4. #13 is a solid spot in the draft order. Many directions the Chargers can go here. Obviously OL is a top priority, but you have to consider the Best player available here as well. Teams have been known to “reach” so a great player will fall at #13.

    Historically, #13 have produced:

    Kellen Winslow SR.
    Franco Harris
    Aaron Donald
    Tony Gonzalez

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