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The Chargers offensive line depth chart following blockbuster trade

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The LA Chargers have reportedly agreed to a trade sending left tackle Russell Okung to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for right guard Trai Turner. Assuming that Turner stays at right guard, we can begin to piece together how the Chargers offensive line would look today. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, it leaves a pretty major hole at left tackle.

This is a rough estimate of a possible line, without any guesswork at first on who replaces Okung:

LT - (Trent Scott)

LG - Forrest Lamp (Michael Schofield)

C - Mike Pouncey (Scott Quessenberry)

RG - Trai Turner

RT - Sam Tevi (Trey Pipkins)

If the team were to add no other players, the depth chart might have to look like this:

LT - Sam Tevi

LG - Forrest Lamp

C - Mike Pouncey

RG - Trai Turner

RT - Trey Pipkins

Or this:

LT - Trent Scott

LG - Dan Feeney

C - Mike Pouncey

RG - Trai Turner

RT - Sam Tevi

Or this:

LT - Trey Pipkins

LG - Forrest Lamp

C - Scott Quessenberry

RG - Trai Turner

RT - Trent Scott

Perhaps if the trade has taught us anything, it is that the Chargers might only have two defined starters for the offensive line as we get closer to the official start of the 2020 offseason and free agency period: Trai Turner at right guard and Mike Pouncey at center, with the major caveat of “If he’s able to play football.”

Trading away Okung for Turner undeniably made the offensive line considerably younger and saved money, while potentially improving the overall future of the unit beyond 2020. It also made it clear that unless you think Pipkins, Tevi, Scott, and/or Schofield can handle the tackle spots, the Chargers immediate need for a starting left tackle just became a dire one. And that’s OK too. It’s not as though Okung with his health and age were anything close to a guarantee of being able to help the offense next season — and we all assumed that Tom Telesco would be targeting offensive line help in free agency and the draft.

Relying on someone like Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas, or Mekhi Becton to be a quality starter from day one is asking a lot, especially at left tackle, and Anthony Lynn doesn’t necessarily have to go this route just because Okung is gone. The team has simply opened the door a little bit wider.

And gotten significantly better at one of their back windows.

So how would you formulate an offensive line just based on the players who are believed to be under the Chargers control as of today, assuming Okung is dealt for Turner? Who’d you put at the tackle spots?