I disagree with the notion that drafting an offensive lineman is a luxury. I think we can all agree that as Philip Rivers goes, so goes the season for the Chargers. I believe last season is proof for anyone who argues that point. So if having Rivers excel equates to the team doing well, I believe it is therefore imperative to give the QB every opportunity to do well. Let's look at the possibilities of having a less-than-elite squad around your QB. RB- does not make the defense honest, therefore putting more defensive players into pass coverage. Also needed as pass outlet and blitz pickup. When elite (like LT in his prime) is a force in pass and run, making the defense focus on him and leaving other players open or in favorable matchups. TE-could be a liability in some pass protection schemes, but used mostly as safety valve when other receivers are not open. When elite (like a healthy Gates), is another WR and a mismatch nightmare for LB, CB and S. Can be moved all around the field to take advantage of the defensive personnel. WR-defense does not have to respect that side of the field, putting extra coverage/defenders on better players or allowing an extra blitzer. Having 1 elite receiver is great, but not a necessasity. OT-not elite? QB could get injured every time he drops back to pass. QB will also rush throws knowing he will not have much time. Elite? QB has faith and feels secure to read defense and wait for receivers to get open. OG-much like OT, but also a major factor in run blocking. If not elite, your run game and your pass game can fall apart. The OT position is the money position because it protects the QB from getting hurt, but the OG is the o-line position that does everything. QBs would rather have pressure from the outside than up the middle. Why? Because outside pressure allows you to move up in the pocket and/or takes a little bit longer so you can actually throw the ball. Pressure up the middle? The defender is in his face and in his throwing lane. Pressure up the middle will kill any pass play (except a quick slant over the middle or a screen to the outside). C-you need a smart center, but he does not necessarily have to be an elite blocker. Where his blocking skills really come into play is on goalline and shortyardage. But what you really want out of your center is someone who is smart and can take control of the rest of the offensive line. You want, you NEED elite guard play. And while Vasquez is decent and serviceable, he is not elite. And Tyrone Green could not beat out Vasquez at right guard, so now he is supposed to be the replacement to Pro Bowler Kris Deilman at left guard? I don't get it. I think people are VASTLY underestimated the importance of a guard.