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Chargers depth could provide draft pick trade options

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Geremy Davis #11 of the Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers #17 walk out onto the field for the game against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Geremy Davis #11 of the Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers #17 walk out onto the field for the game against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – AUGUST 25: Manti Te’o #51 of the New Orleans Saints defends as Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers hangs on to a pass in the second half of the preseason game at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – AUGUST 25: Manti Te’o #51 of the New Orleans Saints defends as Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers hangs on to a pass in the second half of the preseason game at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The Chargers may look to move Melvin Gordon, but a number of lower-profile depth players could be moved for small gains in the form of draft picks.

The Chargers have been the point of many trade talks over the past few weeks as star running back Melvin Gordon continues his training camp holdout. Some will say trade him for a high draft pick, and others speculate the team could even acquire a player for him. Though the Chargers have offered him what is reportedly a reasonable contract (guarantees unknown), Gordon and his camp have not budged.

But not all trade discussions need to feature high-profile players, and this organization has not been known to make blockbuster trades under general manager Tom Telesco. Under Telesco, the Chargers have made three player-for-pick trade transactions, each for a seventh-round draft pick.

Here, the Chargers look to make use of some of their depth to acquire more draft selections. A seventh-round pick, though not a sparkling diamond of a return, has done well for the Chargers in recent years:

  • DE Isaac Rochell
  • RB Justin Jackson
  • DT Cortez Broughton

The first two are locks to make the roster this season, and the third was a highly-productive college player. Any extra Day 3 pick given to Telesco could be turned into something special, and in 2020, he may just have to replace some of his current starters. Could a mid-round selection be used to replace Gordon in the future? If Travis Benjamin is no longer with the team next year, will Telesco opt to take a gamble on a late-round speedster like he did with Tevin Reese? It’s difficult to determine how much depth is too much depth, but if Telesco were hoping to take advantage of it via trade options, here are some areas he could look at.

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