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LA Chargers: Why trading up for Tua Tagovailoa is now more likely

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs off the field after their 59-31 win over the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs off the field after their 59-31 win over the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The other signings take away draft needs

Signing a cornerback in Chris Harris and a defensive tackle in Linval Joseph might not seem to have an impact on the quarterback position, but it absolutely does. By bringing in two solid veterans to fill in certain holes the LA Chargers have eliminated two draft needs, which makes it easier to trade draft capital and move up in the draft.

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The team needed a third cornerback and Harris, who started his career as a slot corner and excelled in that role, fits that need seamlessly. The team also needed a traditional nose tackle after releasing Brandon Mebane, Joseph brings that to the team.

The team has also significantly bolstered the offensive line. And while they could still use a left tackle, it is not necessarily a first-round need as Trey Pipkins had a sneaky good rookie year at right tackle and could be an average left tackle, which is all the Chargers may need.

The team has Bulaga, Turner, Pouncey and Pipkins with Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney competing for the left guard spot. It is not a perfect offensive line, but it sure is significantly better than it was six weeks ago.

The only noticeable draft needs for the team is quarterback, linebacker, offensive line, wide receiver and running back.

The team needs a third wide receiver and a third running back and those are both things that can be found in the later rounds. Every year we see late-round skill positions thrive and the team could absolutely find a shifty slot receiver or a physical runner in the fifth and sixth round.

That leaves the third round and fourth round to address these needs, which is not the worst thing in the world.

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