The 2016 NFL draft is less than two months away, and there are still many questions surrounding the Chargers and who they will select with the No.3 overall pick. The team is currently evaluating talent at the annual scouting combine.
However, general manager Tom Telesco is open to trading the first-round pick according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Tennessee Titans have the first overall pick and we’ll assume they’ll use that to select Laremy Tunsil out of Mississippi. The Cleveland Browns figure to choose a quarterback—either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz —at No.2. A team interested in moving up to No. 3 may have its eyes set on the quarterback that Cleveland doesn’t take, or a guy like Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey. Both Bosa and Ramsey should be on the board for San Diego, but could the team improve their draft by trading down?
Before you instantly think no, look back at the history of the Chargers trading high draft picks.
In 2001, trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons allowed the Chargers to draft not just LaDainian Tomlinson, but Drew Brees as well. Then in 2004, the team drafted Eli Manning but traded him to the Giants for the No. 4 overall pick, Philip Rivers.
Rivers and Tomlinson went on to become two of the greatest players in franchise history, so these trades definitely worked out in the favor of the Chargers.
Yes, this is a different year and after a 4-12 season, the Chargers are a team with many needs. However, those needs could be better filled with more picks, right?
Unless there is a player on the board that the Chargers are absolutely married to, trading the pick doesn’t seem like a bad idea. If a team comes calling with a good package, Telesco should be all ears.
What do you guys think? Should San Diego try to stockpile picks, or is a guy like Bosa, Ramsey or DeForest Buckner just too good to pass up?