Chargers Third Round Targets: Offensive Guards/Centers


Ben Bredeson – Offensive Guard – Michigan Wolverines

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Ben Bredeson easily could be a second rounder. He has a strong, wide frame and he has a great feel for stunts and blitz packages. He does a great job getting up to the second level. Tends to have random lapses where he lets defenders in too early. Surprisingly mobile when pulling, but doesn’t have a ton of straight line speed. His anchor is strong, but it takes a second of him to get his weight behind him and settle down. Did not participate in position drills at the combine due to a hamstring injury, but he’s an iron man and doesn’t have injury concerns. He played 43 games over three years. I don’t expect him to make it to the third round, but if he’s available, he will be a pro bowlers at some point.

Lloyd Cushenberry – Center/Guard – LSU Tigers

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Lloyd Cushenberry benefited from playing on colleges best team in the nation, but he is every bit as talented. He keeps his head on a swivel and will blindside tackles if he finds himself unemployed. He has a natural feel for run schemes and is strong enough to to wall of lanes. He is more a smart player then a mauler. He is agile enough with lateral quickness and does a great job moving from double team to the second level. He would benefit by bulking up and adding another 10 pounds or so. He is an effort player with a great motor and work ethic. He’s going to be a great player in the NFL. He has been mocked in both the second and third rounds.


Tyler Biadasz – Center/Guard – Wisconsin Badgers

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The Remington trophy winner was a big reason why Jonathon Taylor had so much success running up the middle at Wisconsin. He has great size and understands blocking schemes to a tee. He doesn’t stay unemployed for long and does a great job passing of defenders to teammates. Will need to get stronger to battle against 330 pound nose tackles in the run, but shouldn’t have issues in pass pro. Has had injury issues, but has played through them, often waiting until the offseason to rehab, but it could be an issue for a longer NFL Season. In fact, rumors are spreading of him dropping down draft boards right now due to injuries. Likely to be a quality starter in the league, as many Wisconsin lineman typically are due to quality coaching at that program. Could be a mid-late second rounder, but again, he’s dropping down draft boards.

Shane Lemeniux – Offensive Guard – Oregon Ducks

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Lemeniux is a four year starter for the ducks and had a hand in building the program back up next to Justin Herbert. He is further along the curve in terms of technique. Hand placement is strong, as is footwork. He works well in double teams and can make his way up to the second level. His limitations come with lateral quickness. He doesn’t have the ability to reach for blocks and he could find himself late to responsibilities when pulling. He is plenty strong and can hold his own against bull rushers. He will be beat with speed. With better conditioning and working on his agility skills, could become a better guard. May take a year or two to develop, but has upside playing inside.


Netane Muti – Offensive Guard – Fresno State Bulldogs

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The strongest player in the draft, Muti is an absolute mauler in the run game. He has missed entirely too much time due to injuries, but the big Tongan is really special. He threw around Alabama players like rag dolls. He is very raw, and will need to become technically sound. It will lead to issues, especially in pass sets. Hand placement misses a lot. He is behind the curve in recognizing blitz packages. He only had a handful of games against elite competition, but he showed out. Many see Muti drafted in the later rounds, but he has the most potential of this group of guards and given the right coaching, could find himself starting for a long time.

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