Chargers Could Hold Prime Trading Spot in Draft if Browns Pass on Quarterback with 4th Pick

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) high-fives a fan after the Gamecocks beat the Wisconsin Badgers 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a situation that could play out in the NFL Draft: The Houston Texans will take Jadeveon Clowney with their first overall selection. It seems that they are leaning in that direction already. They pass on a quarterback with that top selection and then we wait to see what the Cleveland Browns do with their 4th overall selection.

The Browns hold the 4th overall and 26th overall selection in the NFL draft. They may not want to use that top selection on a quarterback and might see a better value in taking Sammy Watkins or another weapon on offense. If the Browns decide to pass on a quarterback with that number 4 selection, then we could have some fun in this draft.

The Chargers hold the selection right before the Browns at pick 25. There likely will be some teams that may want to jump ahead of Cleveland in order to take their quarterback. The Chargers could be sitting pretty in that spot and demand some nice compensation for their selection. The team could then fill multiple holes on the roster with those selections.

The Houston Texans could be one of the teams that works to get back into the first round and we could take their 2nd and 3rd round picks. That would only move us back 8 spots and we still would be able to find playmakers for our roster. The Texans hold 11 selections in the draft and could be a willing partner. The Chargers may be able to steal a few draft selections from teams in the coming draft and moving down seems like a nice option if the opportunity comes up.