Pro Football Focus recently released their annual offensive line rankings for the 2017 NFL season. The Chargers fell into the 21st spot which is a major jump for the franchise.
For years, the Chargers have been unable to protect franchise quarterback Philip Rivers. Looking forward to 2017, there’s some hope that might all change.
The Chargers signed tackle Rusell Okung to protect Rivers’ blindside and drafted Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney to solidify the interior of the line.
Here’s what PFF has to say about the Bolts offensive line heading into next season.
Is it possible that Chargers won’t be dreadful once again on their offensive line? It’s been 10 straight years that San Diego has had its offensive line grade out below average, but it’s possible that the move to Los Angeles will lift the curse. On paper, they should be massively upgraded with Russell Okung, Forrest Lamp, and Dan Feeney all added this offseason.
The 21st spot may seem a little low for some Chargers fans. However, the mainstream media is going to be pessimistic about a team that hasn’t had a good line in years.
For a decade, the Chargers have had a bad offensive line. Let that soak in. That’s pretty pathetic for a team that has been gifted with a borderline Hall of Fame quarterback.
Putting the past aside, the offensive line should be a strength of the Chargers in 2017. Okung could be a big improvement over King Dunlap and hopefully, Joe Barksdale can return to his 2015 form.
On the inside, Lamp, Pulley, Dan Feeney, and Matt Slauson are a strong group. The depth is there to recover from any injuries, but most people around the Chargers are very excited for the potential of this offensive line.
It’s unclear who will be starting from day one, but PFF had Slauson at left guard, Pulley at center, and Lamp at right guard, for what it’s worth.