Chargers Draft

Chargers: Three first-round players to trade up for in 2020

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 09: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws a pass during the second half against the LSU Tigers in the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 09: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws a pass during the second half against the LSU Tigers in the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 28: Jeff Okudah #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends a pass to Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 28: Jeff Okudah #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends a pass to Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

2020 Chargers draft targets: Jeff Okudah

Trade-Up target No. 2: Jeff Okudah

Ever since Trevor Williams‘ unfortunate injury and release, the Chargers have been mediocre at the cornerback spot opposite Casey Hayward. Michael Davis, while having moments of promise, has been inconsistent and has been on the receiving end of too many penalties. The same can be said about inconsistency when it comes to Brandon Facyson.

Why not pair Hayward with the best cornerback in the draft? That would be Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah. A truly elite man coverage corner with incredible athleticism, he’s drawn comparisons to elite NFL talents like Patrick Peterson and Jalen Ramsey. He would take an already elite defense to the next level in the secondary, especially if the Chargers can get fully healthy years from James and Adrian Phillips.

Out of these three possible trades up, this may be the hardest one to execute. Mostly because Detroit seems close to a lock to take him based on the consensus on most mock drafts. Speaking of pairings, if they got him they could put him with Darius Slay.

Trading up from six to three? It has some precedent. Okudah could easily fill one of the holes in the defense, and the athleticism he displays on plays like this makes it incredibly intriguing to see him paired with some of Gus Bradley‘s other toys on defense:

This video perfectly illustrates why Jeff Okudah is the best cornerback in the #NFLDraft.

Okudah baits the QB into thinking he has an open target, while also avoiding traffic created by the other Washington receivers.

Using his athleticism, he makes a terrific play on the ball. pic.twitter.com/SJuLEs7hFL

— Cole Topham (@HamAnalysis) January 26, 2020

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