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LA Chargers: How a Week 16 win or loss will impact 2021 NFL Draft stock

Chargers head coach and former Bills coach, Anthony Lynn against Buffalo.
Jg 112920 Bills 50
Chargers head coach and former Bills coach, Anthony Lynn against Buffalo. Jg 112920 Bills 50
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(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The draft impact of an LA Chargers’ win:

The LA Chargers are one of six teams with a 5-9 record heading into Week 16 and they currently have the second-lowest strength of schedule behind just the Dallas Cowboys. This means that the Chargers have the second-best pick among the 5-9 teams.

There is one team that is currently 6-9 (Minnesota) as they played on Christmas Day. There is only one team (New England) that has a 6-8 record heading into the weekend.

A win would obviously move the LA Chargers to 6-9 on the season but they would still pick ahead of both Minnesota and New England (assuming the Patriots lose) as both teams have a harder strength of schedule.

How far the Chargers fall all depends on how many 5-9 also win in Week 16. The New York Giants are on the road against Baltimore, so they likely will lose and hurt the Bolts’ draft stock. Detroit hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday, and by the time you are reading this you might already know the result of this game. Chances are that Detroit will lose.

The San Francisco 49ers take on the Arizona Cardinals on the road as well. That is a winnable game for the 49ers and it all really depends on what version of the Cardinals show up. The 49ers have a massive coaching advantage.

Finally, the Denver Broncos are also 5-9. Beating them would obviously catapult them ahead of the LA Chargers.

So, if the LA Chargers win, they will most likely fall 3-4 spots in the draft order, really depending on San Francisco’s result. A Week 16 win, and a 6-9 record, will put the Bolts at either 12th or 13th in the order.

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