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

Atlanta Falcons

Theoretically, the Atlanta Falcons should be attempting to compete for championships with the talented pair of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, but they are mired deep in the draft with a major need for talent on defense. The Falcons are rumored to be interested in a trade-up in the draft.

If a supremely talented defensive player falls to the LA Chargers at six (Isaiah Simmons or Jeffrey Okudah), they could swing a deal with the Atlanta Falcons for some major draft capital.

In the middle of the first round of 2020, it is anyone’s guess if a good quarterback will be available. However, there will certainly be talented players available at other positions for the Chargers to select.

The major advantage of completing this trade with the Falcons would be taking advantage of what figures to be a talented 2021 quarterback class.

In 2021, there should be three elite quarterbacks available in Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Jamie Newman. By obtaining an extra first-round pick for this draft, the Chargers would be placing themselves in an excellent position to get one of the top three quarterbacks in this draft.

Conclusions

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Each of the options that the LA Chargers will have to trade back are limited by the prospects available at six as well as by the prospect interests of other teams. The trade packages offered to the Chargers will also be affected by these factors as well.

However, the trade options listed here are ones that rationally fit into the interests of opposing teams, assuming that the other teams are enamored with a high-level prospect that is available when the Chargers are on the clock.

If the Chargers want to trade back and still select a quarterback, they may be able to do so and collect extra draft capital, but there are major risks with doing so.

For every trade (besides the trade involving the Arizona Cardinals), the Chargers would be picking behind at least one team with the potential of selecting a quarterback ahead of them.

Furthermore, by trading back, the Chargers would be opening the door for another team to trade up ahead of them to select their quarterback of interest.

Due to the risk involved in making a trade back, I would support the Chargers in selecting a quarterback at six, even if it is a reach, as long as the Chargers believe that they have their guy.

While both quarterbacks of the second tier in 2020 have their deficiencies (Justin Herbert has relatively poor processing skills, and Jordan Love has poor decision making), both have excellent arm talent and at least some of the mobility that Anthony Lynn appears to covet.

However, if the Chargers are not sold on either player, a trade farther back, such as the one with the Las Vegas Raiders or Atlanta Falcons, makes sense. The Chargers might be able to take a gamble on a quarterback later with less risk while also getting another high-level prospect in the first round. They could also opt to gain extra draft capital for a quarterback-heavy 2021 draft.

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Options abound for the Chargers’ first-round pick. With Tom Telesco being notorious for keeping his cards close to his chest, it is anyone’s guess as to how this first round will play out.

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