1. The LA Chargers have extra draft capital in the 2021 NFL Draft
The LA Chargers head into the 2021 NFL Draft with a total of nine draft picks. The team has the second-highest compensatory pick (97th) in the draft for losing Philip Rivers in free agency last offseason as well as the Tennesee Titans’ sixth-round pick from the Desmond King trade.
The other teams connected to Zach Ertz do not have the extra selections that the Chargers do. The Colts already don’t have their third-round pick this year from the Carson Wentz trade, the Bills traded their fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in the Stefon Diggs trade (although they have the Raiders’ sixth-round pick) and the Seahawks are without their first, third and sixth-round picks.
There could be a sleeper team with the draft capital that might be more willing to make a deal for Ertz but of the teams that make the most sense the LA Chargers have the most picks to trade. This is important, as it means the team will be more willing to part ways with a higher pick.
The Chargers might be the only team mentioned in this article that is willing to trade their fourth-round pick for Ertz since they have two third-round picks and two sixth-round picks.
And while I would want Tom Telesco to drive the price down as far as possible, it would not be a terrible thing to trade a fourth-round pick for Ertz. Telesco is not that great at drafting in the mid-rounds and Ertz would certainly be worth a fourth-round pick more than Joshua Kelley is.