Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Analyzing potential first round trade down partners

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a four yard touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the first quarter in the Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a four yard touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the first quarter in the Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Las Vegas Raiders

If, on the other hand, the LA Chargers are really not ecstatic about either Jordan Love or Justin Herbert, they can make a trade back much later and get much more capital in return.

Dealing with the Las Vegas Raiders is enough to make one vomit, but it could provide a good opportunity for the Chargers to get more draft capital while staying in range to take a shot on a quarterback.

The Raiders might be interested in a move up for either a wide receiver that they highly covet, or they also could be interested in making a move for a high-ceiling quarterback to develop over the next season, just like the Kansas City Chiefs did several years back with Patrick Mahomes.

If the Chargers were to complete this trade, they would need to be confident in Tyrod Taylor as their starter for the year, as there is no guarantee one of the top four quarterbacks will be available at 12. It could very well be a smoke-screen, but Tom Telesco himself has stated that the Chargers are confident in Taylor as a starter.

What prospects might the Chargers be able to take if not a quarterback at these two picks? Most likely, at least one, if not two of the top four offensive tackle prospects will be available at 12.

Some other names that will be available and of interest to the Chargers at 19 include cornerbacks Jeff Gladney and Kristian Fulton, edge rusher A.J. Espenesa (a Melvin Ingram replacement for 2021?), and wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Denzel Mims.

If they are not extremely committed to a quarterback, gaining another first-round pick could be an excellent move for the Chargers.

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