Chargers Draft

How pre-draft moves affect the Chargers’ 2018 season

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Marcus Peters
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Other AFC Teams

Tennessee Titans:

Notable moves:

  • Cut RB DeMarco Murray
  • Lose LB Avery Williamson
  • Sign RB Dion Lewis and CB Malcolm Butler

How it affects the Chargers:

A lot of big-name subtractions by this team, especially losing Williamson. He’s a great player who ended up signing a large deal in free agency, one that far out-priced anything the Chargers would offer.

Dion Lewis is likely the most notable on offense, one year removed from facing the Bolts with the Patriots and putting up 150 total yards on offense and special teams. The Chargers’ defense will struggle with the powerful Derrick Henry, now the starting back, and the shifty Lewis. This could be a tough game.

Buffalo Bills:

Notable moves:

  • Trade away QB Tyrod Taylor, OT Cordy Glenn
  • Signed DT Star Lotulelei, RB Chris Ivory, CB Vontae Davis
  • Moved up to the 12th pick in the draft (could move up more)

How it affects the Chargers:

As I mentioned before, the Bills moving ahead of the Chargers to take a quarterback means at least one more player in the draft at any other position (Vea, Edmunds, James) could fall a little further. It helps the Chargers a lot.

All of their acquisitions are solid ones, Star Lotulelei the most notable. Melvin Gordon had a fairly solid game against the Bills in 2017 (every Charger did), and a stout presence like Lotulelei could hamper the rushing attack.

I would love for the Bills to start their drafted rookie against the Chargers, because we know how that went last time:

All Petered Out (Nathan Peterman 5 interceptions in a half Lowlights) These throws are straight up awful lmao.

— Gwektro (@Gwektro) November 20, 2017

As a fan of the Chargers, that video makes me happy.