The LA Chargers already made big news during the 2020 NFL Draft when the team traded its second and third-round selections in the draft to move up to the 23rd overall pick and draft Kenneth Murray. This has now spawned more Chargers rumors about what the team could do in the coming rounds.
The one fallback of the Chargers trading their second and third-round picks is that they will not be participating in the NFL Draft on the second day. In a day in age where this is literally the only live sports thing that fans have, this is kind of a bummer.
However, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco added fuel to the Chargers rumors, giving fans hope that they will see the team make a selection on day two.
Chargers rumors: Team not ruling out trading back into the second or third round.
According to Daniel Popper of The Athletic, Telesco did not rule out the possibility of the Chargers trading back into the second or third round, stating that it is not like they are going to take tomorrow off.
Now, the Chargers would likely only move back into the second or third round if there was someone that the team absolutely loved at a certain pick that fell much lower than anticipated. If the team thinks they can put together a package of future assets, then I would not rule it out in the slightest.
It becomes more likely the closer we get to the fourth round, as the Chargers could package their fourth-round pick with future capital to move into the third round. There are possibilities out there, it all just depends on how the draft shakes out and which prospect falls where.
Here are some of those possibilities that we have pinpointed.
Seattle Seahawks, 64th overall
The highest I could possibly see the Chargers going in the draft would be the last pick of the second round. Right away, the Seattle Seahawks make sense as a possible trade-up partner as they have two second-round picks in the draft, one being five picks before this selection.
The Chargers would have to send a package to wow the Seahawks in order to move all the way up from the early fourth round to the late second round and it would likely include more future capital than current capital.
I think just the fourth-round pick will come from this year as well as the team’s 2021 second-round pick and fourth-round pick.
Detroit Lions, 67th overall
Now, this potential trade-up spot is indicative on one thing and one thing only: any potential interest the LA Chargers have in trading Desmond King. There has been some speculation that it could be a possibility for the team to trade the expiring cornerback this season and a third-round pick is a fair price for the former All-Pro.
I am not saying I want this to happen, but I absolutely could see Telesco flipping one guaranteed year of King for four guaranteed seasons of a rookie corner in the third round, and in all honesty, the Chargers need an outside corner more than they need King.
The Lions have two picks in the third round, so they can afford the asset to send in return and the logic for them would be that King would have more of an impact and they could extend him for cheap. The Chargers would likely have to send a late-round pick in return, likely a sixth, just to give Detroit some draft capital.
The Lions would then get their CB1 in Okudah and a potentially great slot corner if he can regain his form in King.
Las Vegas Raiders, 91st overall
If these Chargers rumors have any merit then the most realistic spot for the team to trade up to would be the 91st overall pick and would essentially be a similar trade up that the team did with the New England Patriots.
Instead of current draft capital, though, the Chargers would send more future capital. The Raiders already have three picks in the third round so if they could get more capital for trading down 21 spots then it is absolutely something that makes sense for the team.
A fair package would be something along the lines of the 112th overall pick, the 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 third-round pick.
If the Raiders do not love anyone at 91 they can move down 21 spots, still have two picks in the fourth round, make up for their lost sixth-round pick and snag a future third. Again, the Chargers only do this is there is someone that they absolutely love and do not think is going to fall.