Chargers Draft

Why the LA Chargers should trade down from 13 in the 2021 NFL Draft

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Tom Telesco general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Tom Telesco general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. It would allow the LA Chargers to address other team needs

The LA Chargers have several pressing needs on the roster. While the team has its stars that will help make it competitive under Brandon Staley, the Bolts need more depth overall and need it at several positions.

While I want to see the Chargers take two offensive linemen with the first two picks, it does make it hard to address some other needs, such as cornerback and outside linebacker/defensive end. If Hunter Henry leaves that is another pressing need for the Bolts.

Trading back will obviously give the Chargers more draft capital and allow them to still pursue rebuilding the offensive line while also filling out some other needs as well. The Bolts would likely get a team’s second-round pick or an early third-round pick (if they have another team’s) for moving down, all depending on how far they move down.

I do think the Chargers can drive the price up and at least get an extra second-round pick to headline the package since the team would be trading up for a QB and would be competing with other teams for said QB.

All the teams mentioned in the previous slide have their second-round picks and the Washington Football Team even has the San Francisco 49ers’ third-round pick.

With that pick being higher than the team’s original pick, I could absolutely see a package where Washington sends 19, 51 and 83 in return for 13 and 109 (Chargers’ fourth-round pick).

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