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Tom Telesco Must Hedge His Bets in Draft


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Chris Watt

Bet No. 1: The Offensive Line Will Stay Healthy

The Chargers have already added protection at tackle, restructuring King Dunlap, re-signing Joe Barksdale and bringing back Chris Hairston. It’s on the inside where things are most precarious.

The projected starters — LG Orlando Franklin, C Chris Watt and RG D.J. Fluker — combined to miss 21 games last season. Backup center Trevor Robinson was a disaster last year (23.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus) and backup guard Kenny Wiggins (40.7) was not significantly better.

Look for the Chargers to fortify the interior offensive line in the middle rounds, with Graham Glasgow (Michigan), Ted Karras (Illinois) and Isaac Seumalo (Oregon State) being strong candidates. Telesco could even double-down on this position in the later rounds with someone like Austin Blythe (Iowa) or Alex Huettel (Bowling Green).

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Michael Lombardo has covered the San Diego Chargers since 2003. He spent 12 years covering the team for and has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Football Insiders and MySpace Sports.

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