Chargers Draft

How pre-draft moves affect the Chargers’ 2018 season

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Marcus Peters
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Marcus Peters
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 07: Tyrod Taylor
JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 07: Tyrod Taylor

AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals:

Notable moves:

  • Trade for OT Cordy Glenn
  • Move back to pick 21 in the first round

How it affects the Chargers:

The Bengals haven’t been too active this off-season, but the biggest move that would affect the Chargers is their move back to 21. All that means is one more team that could take “Best Player Available” is now behind the Chargers, and a team sure to take a quarterback (the Buffalo Bills) are now in front. The more quarterbacks taken before 17, the better, unless the Chargers were hoping for a signal caller themselves.

Baltimore Ravens:

Notable moves:

  • Sign WR John Brown and WR Michael Crabtree
  • RB Danny Woodhead retires

How it affects the Chargers:

Crabtree has long been a thorn in the Chargers’ side, having caught a touchdown in every game he faced the Bolts’ since joining the Raiders in 2015 before finally breaking the streak in Week 17 of last season.

While John Brown hasn’t produced like a solid wide receiver, he does have blazing 4.34-40 speed. One of the biggest issues with the defense last season was busted coverage touchdowns:

Former Bama WR Amari Cooper with a 64 yard TD catch against my Chargers ? pic.twitter.com/iygCiZ8yzP

— West Coast Tide Fans (@WCTideFans) October 9, 2016

Danny Woodhead retiring means the Bolts won’t have to face a former teammate, one that the players and fans were quite fond of.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

The Steelers, aside from signing LB Jon Bostic to a two-year deal, have done more to re-sign their players than acquire new ones. Sound familiar?

The only thing that could affect the Chargers’ season would be Le’Veon Bell’s contract situation, which has a small chance of keeping him out of games if he holds out.

Small chance. But worth noting.

Cleveland Browns:

Notable moves:

  • Signed RB Carlos Hyde
  • Retirement of OT Joe Thomas
  • Traded for QB Tyrod Taylor

How it affects Chargers:

In my opinion, no team has played the Chargers consistently tighter than the Cleveland Browns. If it weren’t for a Joey Bosa strip sack-fumble late in the game, the Bolts may have very well been upset (again) by the winless Browns. Fortunately, they traded for a quarterback who also likes to give up sack-fumbles, even for touchdowns:

Tyrod Taylor… Nathan Peterman.. Joe Webb it don't matter!!! JOEY BOSA WILL EAT.

Chargers defensive touchdown. Chargers 47 – Bills 10 pic.twitter.com/YGJDDPeH99

— Ali Bomaye (@Ali_B_) November 19, 2017

I would say that Taylor is the best Browns’ QB the Chargers have faced in a while, but I watched Josh McCown absolutely chuck the ball around for 356 yards and two touchdowns (78% completion) at Qualcomm in 2014, so I can’t quite say that. But, he provides much more talent and stability than DeShone Kizer did last season, and will likely protect the ball better.

Tackle Joe Thomas, a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, retires after a great career but leaves a void at his spot. Good news for Bosa and Ingram!

RB Carlos Hyde is… a guy.

All in all, the Browns will be a bit tougher to beat this year, especially post-draft.

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