Among the Chargers 17 undrafted free agents that they officially announced, three of them were offensive linemen. Today, we’re going to give you the rundown on Josh Dunlop, a versatile tackle/guard that comes to the Bolts by way of UTSA.
Dunlop is a big-bodied OL at 6’7 and 315 pounds and has plenty of experience on the OL, garnering 31 starts across his three years at UTSA. After transferring from the JUCO level, where he spent two seasons, Dunlop started seven games at left tackle in 2017 and played a role in all 11. As a junior in 2018, he split his 12 starts at right guard and right tackle with five and seven, respectively. As a senior, he got the nod at a right tackle for all 12 games and earned place on the honorable mention All-Conference USA squad.
Dunlop is currently listed on the Chargers’ roster as a guard and that’s definitely the right way to go. After putting on some UTSA film, it’s clear Dunlop wouldn’t be able to last out on the edge. While he has plenty of length on his frame, his pass set quickness leaves much to be desired. He’ll find much more success with help on either side of him where he doesn’t have to worry about mirroring elite edge-rushers. He finds success in close quarters with a well-timed strike to the defenders chest and can latch on well with his big mitts. He keeps his hands high and tight which is a big deal when transitioning to the NFL.
It’s going to be tough for Dunlop to carve out a spot on this team for himself, especially with the saturation along the offensive line. While it’s not saturated with great talent, it’s still saturated with bodies. Right now, I’m not sure there’s anything Dunlop could bring to this team that isn’t already there with guys like Dan Feeney, Forrest Lamp, and Scott Quessenberry.
Best of luck to him, but he’s got one of the steepest ladders to climb on this team.