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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Chargers

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Los Angeles Chargers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Justin Herbert

The Chargers weren't playing around when it came to protecting their franchise quarterback. They went out in free agency and signed All-Pro center Corey Linsley along with tackle Matt Feiler and guard Oday Aboushi, and then drafted their left tackle of the future in Rashawn Slater with the No. 13 pick. They also added veteran Jared Cook at tight end and an experienced backup quarterback in Chase Daniel to go with their new, upbeat coaching staff. It will be exciting to see if it all works. -- Shelley Smith

NFL.com -- Rank: 15

We liked the sensible nature of the Chargers' draft. The team used its first-round pick, 13th overall, on Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater, considered by some to be the best offensive lineman in this class. The team's second-round selection, cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., addresses another major area of need. The team's next two picks -- wide receiver Josh Palmer and tight end Tre' McKitty in Round 3 -- provide more weapons for Justin Herbert as he looks to build off his record-breaking rookie season. The Bolts got better this offseason.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

They did a lot of good things to improve the offense around Justin Herbert, especially up front on the offensive line. There will be at least three new starters, which had to happen.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Their best addition in 2021? How about former All-Pro S Derwin James, who's missed 27 of his last 32 games -- including all of 2020 with a torn meniscus. (FWIW, the Bolts did a nice job in free agency and the draft, too.)

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

If you have an agnostic football fan in your life who has been waiting to find the right team to root for, it might be a good time to suggest jumping on the Chargers bandwagon. Home games in southern California. Great uniforms. And Justin Herbert, one of the league's most fun quarterbacks to watch. Los Angeles is a legit Super Bowl sleeper.

The Chargers made the wise decision to reshape their offensive line -- four new projected starters -- after finishing 31st in pass-block win rate last season. They had the fourth-most injured defense with Derwin James missing the entire season and Joey Bosa playing just 53 percent of the snaps. And the coaching staff was a disaster with game management. The pieces are in place for Herbert to develop into a star and the defense to be a top-10 unit. That means a high ceiling for the Chargers.

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