In hopes of solidifying their depth along the offensive line, the San Diego Chargers have added another offensive tackle to the mix.
On Tuesday, the Chargers claimed Taylor Dever, an undrafted rookie offensive tackle out of Notre Dame, off of waivers. The Chargers have shown a need for depth at the position during the offseason and addressed it with the addition of Dever.
Dever was waived by the Dallas Cowboys on June 8 to make room for Pat McQuistan, another offensive lineman who has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.
More than anything, Dever will provide the Chargers will an extra camp body along the offensive line as the offseason continues to progress. Despite his size (6’5’’, 299 pounds), Dever possesses surprising quickness and has the physical skills to be a functional pass blocker at the next level. His short-area agility will also help him make the transition to the pros.
Throughout his time at Notre Dame, he was primarily used as a right tackle. With the Chargers, he will most likely man the same spot, especially considering his unpolished technique that would make him a liability as a blindside blocker. He doesn’t have the athletic ability to survive as a left tackle in the NFL, but could warrant a look as a practice squad/developmental player.
Now in the mix with the Chargers, Dever will have his hands full battling for a roster spot. Luckily for Dever, though, a history of injuries along the Chargers offensive line could make him more valuable than he would be with most teams. Veteran Brandon Dombrowski has missed all of OTAs with a foot injury which has left undrafted rookie Mike Harris as the second-team right tackle behind Jeromey Clary.
My guess: Dever doesn’t make the 53-man regular season roster but finds a spot as a practice squad player. He’s a promising young talent who could eventually evolve into a valuable depth player along the San Diego offensive line.
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