Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: NFL draft selections from 1-12 that improve the 13th pick

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 28: Ja'Marr Chase #1 celebrates alongside Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 28: Ja'Marr Chase #1 celebrates alongside Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Picks that help the LA Chargers: Five quarterbacks are drafted in the top 12

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Trevor Lawrence is off the board to Jacksonville and Zach Wilson is a Jet. With the third pick, the Niners will have their choice between Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones. We will have three quarterbacks in the first five picks, but the Chargers should hope it gets even crazier.

After the first six picks, Detroit, Carolina, and Denver are on the board. It wouldn’t surprise me if one of those teams takes whoever is left between Lance and Fields following San Francisco’s decision.

Mac Jones is the true wild card in this class. Some speculate that he could go as high as three to the Niners or that a team will trade up into the top 10-15 to get him. I personally don’t buy that Kyle Shanahan would have much interest in him over Fields or Lance, but I do believe a team will take him in the top 10.

Five quarterbacks selected before the Chargers pick at 13 would help not just one player fall, but probably multiple players. Between five QBs, three wideouts, two cornerbacks, two offensive linemen, Kyle Pitts, Micah Parsons, etc., there just isn’t enough room for everyone projected in those first twelve picks.

Some Chargers fans have hoped for a trade back situation where a team like Chicago or New England trades up with the Bolts to get a quarterback, but this scenario is more beneficial for them.

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