Chargers Draft

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
3 of 3
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The draft impact of an LA Chargers’ loss:

There is a fairly decent chance that the LA Chargers lose this game. The Bolts are extremely banged up, especially on the defensive line, where the team is playing without Joey Bosa, Uchenna Nwosu and Melvin Ingram.

Offensively, Justin Herbert is without one of his favorite targets in Hunter Henry, who has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The team is banged up, which helps their draft chances.

First of all, the Chargers could jump the only other 5-9 team that is ahead of them in the draft order, the Dallas Cowboys. It would take Dallas winning, but with an outside chance of still winning their division and against the rivaled Philadelphia Eagles, it could happen.

If the Cowboys lose then the Chargers will still jump a draft spot either way, as the Eagles are 4-9-1. An Eagles’ win puts them behind the Chargers, because of that tie.

From there, three are three 4-10 teams to keep an eye on — Carolina, Atlanta and Houston (Miami owns their pick). The Chargers have an easier strength of schedule than all three teams (and it is not that close) so they could jump them with the same record.

Carolina plays the Washington Football Team with Dwayne Haskins as the quarterback, so that certainly is a winnable game. Atlanta plays the Kansas City Chiefs, which is going to be a loss. Houston plays the Cincinnati Bengals, who do not have Joe Burrow and are better off losing. Houston should win that one.

The Chargers are guaranteed one better spot in the draft order because of the Philly-Dallas game (assuming they don’t tie). Additionally, it is likely that they could jump another two spots with Carolina and Houston.

Next. 5 keys to beating the Broncos

Depending on how the chips fall, an LA Chargers win could put them all the way to 12th or 13th. However, an LA Chargers loss could (realistically) catapult them up to sixth.