A hand injury limited his productivity in his rookie season, so we’re not sure what Coleman is fully capable of just yet. He’s fast as hell — and you can’t teach that — but he’s also stuck on a team with terrible quarterback help and few receivers who can distract defenses with support, especially now that Terrelle Pryor has gone to Washington.
Decker earned the starting left tackle role and quietly had a solid rookie season. His work helped pave the way for the best season of Matthew Stafford’s career and a Lions playoff berth.
The NFL is going to relentlessly hype this up, but what makes this game any more interesting than last year’s disappointing Texans-Raiders matchup in Mexico City?
The Chargers aren’t the flashiest team in the league, but they’re not one of the prototypical NFC East or NFC North teams to play on Thanksgiving. Plus, Los Angeles is a pretty good team on paper. This game could have playoff implications on both sides if these two teams manage to stay healthy.
A blindside-protecting left tackle is the cornerstone of a solid offensive line. At least one LT has been selected in the draft’s top 10 choices each year since 2005.
It appears 2017 will almost certainly snap that streak. A thin crop of pass blockers has left little first-round talent available for teams looking to keep their quarterbacks upright. Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk may be the best of the bunch, but he has only one season of FBS play under his belt. Utah’s Garett Bolles is an athletic blocker, but his size may necessitate a move to the interior of the line.
Other players like Cam Robinson, Forrest Lamp, and Roderick Johnson could climb up draft boards based on need, but there’s no surefire pick who can anchor a five-man line.