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5 Offensive Tackles the Chargers Could Target in 2019

With one tackle over the 30-year hump and the other underachieving, here are some way-early options at offensive tackle for the Bolts.

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Jonah Williams - Alabama - 6’5 301 lbs.

Williams has been a starter along Alabama’s offensive line ever since he stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa. He was named a Freshman All-American and Second-Team All-SEC following the 2016 season where he started every game for the Tide at right tackle. He made the switch to left tackle after Cam Robinson declared for the NFL. In 2017, Williams was an AFCA Second-Team All-American, an AP Third-Team All-American, and a consensus First-Team All-SEC selection.

Williams amassed 22 pancake blocks this past season and allowed just 2.5 sacks and eight QB pressures. He heads into the 2018 season with 29 straight starts to his name while the Alabama front five look to continue their dominance after finishing as a finalist for the Joe Moore Award (Nation’s Best Offensive Line).

Trey Adams - Washington - 6’8 327 lbs.

At 6-8 and nearly 330 pounds, Adams is one of the biggest players in all of college football. During his freshman year, he played in 10 of 13 games while starting 9. This made Adams the first true freshman to start on the Washington offensive line since 2012. During his sophomore season, Adams started all 14 games at left tackle en route to First-Team All-Pac 12 honors with a nod to the FWAA Second-Team All-American team.

However, disaster struck against Arizona State in 2017. After starting the first seven games of the season, Adams went down against the Sun Devils and never found his way back on the field, missing the rest of his junior year.

Adams is an extremely polished tackle with surprisingly nimble feet for a man of his stature. He possesses the coveted skills and intangibles any franchise would drool over in a tackle prospect, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised to seem go in the top-10 in 2019.

Greg Little - Ole Miss - 6’6 325 lbs.

Little definitely is, and plays, much to the contrary than what his name suggests. He is far from a little man and it shows when he is on the field, wrangling some of the best pass rushers the SEC has to offer.

As a true freshman in 2016, Little garnered Freshman All-American honors as he played in every game that year with five starts. In 2017, he started every game at left tackle for the Rebels. For his efforts, he was named a Second-Team All-SEC selection in a year where the SEC boasted some of top offensive linemen in the country.

Of my personal top three offensive tackles going into the 2018 season (Williams, Adams, Little), I believe Little has the most work to do fundamentally but possesses an upside athletically that the other two can’t shake a feather at.

Mitch Hyatt - Clemson - 6’5 304 lbs

Hyatt was a big name to watch for following the 2017 season. To our surprise, he decided to return to Death Valley. After all, he was coming off back-to-back years where he was named First-Team All-ACC and he was just named a First-Team All-American by ESPN and Sporting News, plus a Second-Team All-American by a plethora of other outlets.

For his efforts this past season, Hyatt was also awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the ACC’s best offensive linemen voted on by conference head coaches and defensive coordinators. This was the first time a Clemson Tiger had won the award in over 30 years.

As a long-time starter for one of the best teams of this decade, Hyatt will surely be considered a top prospect at the position. If the Chargers were to run the table and end up with a late (or the last) pick in 2019’s first round, I could see the Bolts taking a flier on a potential bookend of the future.

Alaric Jackson - Iowa - 6’7 320 lbs.

Jackson makes this list as an interesting prospect that could grow into a top talent at the position if he is able to put it all together and avoid anymore off the field issues (he was suspended for the Hawkeyes’ Pinstripe Bowl victory in January).

He has the height-weight combination you want in a an elite offensive tackle but will need to really show out in the upcoming season if he hopes to make a name for himself. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Jackson made the First-Team Freshman All-American list by FWAA and the Academic All-Big Ten team. Luckily for Jackson, the University of Iowa has a knack for producing top-tier talent along both sides of the trenchs, but especially those on the offensive side of the ball.