The third and final offensive lineman signed as a undrafted free agent by the Chargers is former Florida State and Northern Illinois tackle, Ryan Roberts.
The 6’6 Roberts started his career at Northern Illinois University after prepping as a tight end for Northville High School in Northville, Michigan. He played tight end as a senior, catching 10 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. His father, Raymond, was a honorable mention All-American tight end for the Huskies during the 1993 season.
After redshirting in 2015, Roberts worked his way into a reserve role, playing mainly on field goal protection in 12 games. As a redshirt sophomore, he started eight games at right tackle, going back and forth with another player at the position across the 13 games that season.
FSU OL transfer Ryan Roberts played at Doak before...he helped keep DE Brian Burns without a sack last season.— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) January 26, 2019
A look at how Roberts did against FSU and one of the country's top pass rushers:https://t.co/yea2YITRu5 pic.twitter.com/3k6d3rv9WI
In his final year with the program, Roberts started just two games out of 11 and was named to the Academic All-ACC list. After transferring to Florida State, Roberts won the right tackle job and started all 12 regular season games before starting the team’s Sun Bowl game on the left side. He helped pave the way for former FSU running back and 2020 second-round pick Cam Akers to rush for well over 1,000 yards and score 14 touchdowns.
Roberts is a fairly lean tackle at 6’6 and 300 pounds. He moves well when pulling out into space and reminds me mostly of current Chargers tackle Sam Tevi. Coming into the league, Tevi might have been a bit behind Roberts to be honest. There are some functional strengths issues he’ll have to work on and he struggled occasionally when dealing with stunts and twists from opposing defensive lines. He has the foot speed to keep up with pass-rushers on the edge but will overset every now and then when he feels like he is in a hurry to get to the set point. He certainly has the tools to give him more upside than the other three UDFAs brought in on the offensive but the difference for either of them will be which puts it all together first.