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 Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns present another trade-back option for the LA Chargers. Again, the Browns would need to be sold on a prospect for this trade to occur, but the Chargers might be able to gain significant capital from the ambitious-to-compete Browns.

The Browns have an extra fourth and fifth-round pick in 2021 through trades with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams respectively, so they may be willing to part with a little future capital as well as a pick this year for a move up.

In return, the Los Angeles Chargers would receive a few extra mid-round picks with which to work in this year and next.

The extra mid-round pick this year could be extremely valuable, as this draft is deep at some positions of need for the Chargers, particularly at wide receiver and on the offensive line.

In this instance, the only potentially quarterback-needy team that the Chargers will move behind is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars appear somewhat committed to giving Gardner Minshew a season to start, but it is not out of the question that they could take a higher-ceiling quarterback early in this year’s draft. Thus, this trade back is not without risk.

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