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Big Bolts: Best Offensive Linemen In Chargers History

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Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

With the 2013 NFL draft fast approaching, the Chargers will be looking for their next great offensive linemen. Until then, here’s a look back at the best offensive linemen in team history in no particular order.

Walt Sweeney, Guard (1963-1970) – Sweeney passed away last February at the age of 71. He played in nine consecutive All Star games and Pro Bowls during his 11 years in San Diego. He is a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame and was named to the Chargers’ 50th anniversary team.

Doug Wilkerson, Guard (1971-1984) - Wilkerson was a three time Pro Bowler for the Chargers and like Russ Washington, played 14 years in San Diego. He was a member of three straight AFC West Championship teams under legendary head coach, Don Coryell. He also started 14 or more games eleven times during his tenure with the Chargers. He is a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame and was named to the Chargers’ 50th anniversary team.

Russ Washington, Tackle (1968-1982) – Washington was a five time Pro Bowler for the Chargers and played 14 seasons in San Diego. He is a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame and was named to the Chargers’ 50th anniversary team.

Nick Hardwick, Center (2004-present) – Hardwick is considered one of the top centers in the NFL. He’s started 119 games for the Chargers during his nine-years in San Diego. Hardwick is a one-time Pro Bowler and was named to the Chargers’ 50th anniversary team.