Offseason Moves the Chargers Need to Make to Go From Worst to First in the AFC West

Max Staley
Justin Herbert receiving the Rose Bowl Trophy.
Justin Herbert receiving the Rose Bowl Trophy. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers boast one of the most loaded rosters in football. The team struggled to turn that talent into real, on-field production, though, as Los Angeles stumbled to a 5-11 finish in 2019.

The team has already begun to make sweeping changes, however, for the first time since 2004, Philip Rivers won't be wearing a Chargers' uniform in 2020. With that in mind, here are three moves Los Angeles should make to help go from worst to first in the AFC West.

1. Draft Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert could be an interesting target for the Chargers in the first round.
Justin Herbert could be an interesting target for the Chargers in the first round. / Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Justin Herbert isn't the best quarterback in this class, but he might be the most gifted. Standing 6 foot 6 2/8 inches tall, with 10-inch hands and arguably the strongest arm in the class, Herbert is the type of prototypical NFL passer that makes John Elway salivate. He's likely going to be the third quarterback off the board, though, as he's generally viewed as a lower-level prospect than Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow. Still, with Rivers out of the picture, the Chargers have an obvious need at QB, and barring a big-time move in free agency, Herbert is likely the team's best bet in 2020.

2. Address the Offensive Line

Russell Okung's status with the Chargers appears unclear going forward.
Russell Okung's status with the Chargers appears unclear going forward. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The offensive line was a weakness for the Chargers in 2019. While it feels like this has been an issue for the team for the better part of the last decade, things might be getting even worse in 2020. Russell Okung has arguably been the team's best pass blocker over the last few seasons, but there are now some rumblings that he may not be happy in LA. The Chargers should do what it takes to ensure he's back on the field next year, but armed with the 13th-most cap space in the league, LA can also go out and sign a proven veteran like Jack Conklin or Joe Thuney. Alternatively, assuming they draft a QB in the first round, the Chargers can target a second-round talent like Austin Jackson or Shane Lemieux. However they decide to proceed, addressing the O-Line should be a priority.

3. Add Another Wide Receiver

Keenan Allen runs with the ball.
Keenan Allen runs with the ball. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

As a whole, Los Angeles' skill-position group is stacked with top-end talent. But with Hunter Henry and Melvin Gordon set to enter free agency, and Austin Ekeler as a restricted free agent, that unit could thin out in a hurry. Even if Los Angeles manages to re-sign a few of those guys, the team would still have a clear hole at wide receiver, as beyond Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, no Chargers' wideout exceeded 135 receiving yards in 2019. Fortunately, this year's WR class is generally regarded as one of the most loaded classes in quite some time, and Los Angeles should have no trouble addressing the position with a mid-round selection. Adding a player like Bryan Edwards, Michael Pittman Jr., or Binjimen Victor could make a world of difference for this team.

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