Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Complete mock draft while trading up for Tua Tagovailoa

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown against 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 reacts after passing for a touchdown against 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Tua Tagovailoa would be an excellent fit at quarterback for the LA Chargers but the team would have to trade up in the 2020 NFL Draft to get him.

Having Tua Tagovailoa under center is probably the dream scenario for the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2020 NFL Draft, it would just take trading up to one of the first four picks in the draft in order to get him.

The Miami Dolphins have the fifth-overall pick in the draft and absolutely need a quarterback with Tua being the perfect candidate. The Chargers would have to leapfrog the Dolphins, which will be tough, as they have draft capital to move up even further if need be.

The best-case scenario for the Chargers would be working in secrecy right near the draft to secure a deal with the Detroit Lions for the third overall pick.

With that hope in mind, and based on Twitter-voted results, we conducted an entire mock draft with the LA Chargers moving up to the third overall pick.

Round 1, Pick 3: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Chargers trade 2020 first, 2020 second, 2021 second, 2022 second and 2022 fifth to the Detroit Lions for the third overall pick.

This might seem like a lot for the Chargers to send to move up three positions but it would be the necessary cost to get Tua. The New York Jets traded two second-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and a future second-round pick to move from six to three to draft Sam Darnold, so the Chargers would have to do similar.

The Chargers price would be slightly more as their picks are spread out across several years but the team would be fine without the 2022 fifth-round pick.

Tua is a franchise quarterback and while second-round picks are valuable, the Chargers would get much more value out of Tua in the long-run than they would out of those second-round picks. Sure, the team could find a gem like Hunter Henry, but they could also draft a dud, like Forrest Lamp.

That is our projected price to move up and get Tua and would only work if the Chargers did not act until the last second to avoid Miami swooping in.

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