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NDST’s Dillon Radunz could be the Chargers’ answer at left tackle

North Dakota State has been a steady FCS pipeline to the NFL.

Butler v North Dakota State Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images

After one game into the 2020 NFL season, I can honestly say that I was fairly impressed with Sam Tevi’s performance at left tackle against the Bengals. But do I believe that he’ll go on to impress so much this season that left tackle will just evaporate from the team’s needs heading into the 2021 draft? Not at all.

In a new early mock by The Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling, the Chargers selected 20th, meaning Easterling predicts them to make it into the playoffs as a wildcard team. Even with that late of a pick, the Bolts still land one of the best tackles in the country, even if he comes from an FCS powerhouse.

Introducing, North Dakota State left tackle, Dillon Radunz. Here’s what Easterling had to say about the high-upside prospect from Fargo.

“After trading away Russell Okung, the Chargers are in desperate need of a long-term solution at offensive tackle. Radunz will come with some question marks in terms of his level of competition, but he’s got all the tools to quickly develop into the franchise tackle the Bolts need to protect their investment in Justin Herbert.”

The 6’6, 299-pound Radunz has been a two-year starter for the Bison, totaling 31 starts since the beginning of the 2018 season. After earning Second-Team All-MVFC honors as a redshirt sophomore, Radunz upped his game and became a First-Team FCS All-American in 2019.