San Diego Chargers Draft: Trade up/down, stay put?

By Paul Maland
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Trading down:

Cameron Erving : Offensive Center/Tackle – Florida St. – 6’6″, 308 lbs

Nov 22, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles center Cameron Erving (75) warms up before the start of the game against the Boston College Eagles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Erving is a high-upside developing center. He was originally a defensive tackle, then converted to a stand-out offensive tackle, and eventually to a starting center. He has shown arguably more versatility than any prospect in this draft class. He is quick to set his feet in pass blocking and has enough motor to push a run block. He has athleticism to get to the second level and pull in blocking schemes. The first-team all american tackle, now excelling center is an intriguing late-first, early-second round prospect.

Michael Bennett : Defensive Tackle – Ohio State – 6’2, 288 lbs

Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles against Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Bennett (53) in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bennett is a productive pass rusher with 14 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 3 PBU, and 3 FF in 2014. He is quick off the ball but sometimes lowers his head tot he point that he cannot read the backfield. His high motor and quick hand movement allows him to burst through offensive lines. However, he lacks elite size which forces him to rely on his hand battle. He uses his slighter frame well in getting his shoulders small to pierce into opposing backfields.

What the Chargers would gain: 

If trading down within the 1st round, the Bolts could look to pickup another 5th rounder.

If trading all the way back into the 2nd round, they could pickup another 4th and maybe 7th rounder.

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