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LA Chargers: Why trading up for Penei Sewell isn’t worth it

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: Penei Sewell #58 of the Oregon Ducks looks on in the fourth quarter against the Washington Huskies during their game at Husky Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: Penei Sewell #58 of the Oregon Ducks looks on in the fourth quarter against the Washington Huskies during their game at Husky Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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The LA Chargers’ current depth

The LA Chargers just aren’t a deep team right now. They weren’t last year and due to injuries, it cost them. If the season started today, the Chargers would be starting Trey Pipkins at left tackle and Chris Harris at CB2.

Backups? Brandon Facyson at cornerback. Kyler Fackrell at EDGE. BJ Bello at linebacker, Tyree St. Louis at guard. I don’t think I have to continue this painful exercise to get the point across.

The reason why it’s so good for the Chargers to have nine draft picks is because getting nine players (even if TT won’t hit on all of them) bolsters the depth. Four of those picks are in the top 100 in this draft.

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If the Chargers do trade up for Sewell, they likely won’t pick again until the third round. With all of the needs on this team, I’m not comfortable with that. We also know Tom Telesco’s history with the third round, late day two selections.

Let’s assume they’re taking a tackle in the first round, even though I don’t think that’s what they’ll do. Would you rather have Penei Sewell, Trill Williams, and no first-round pick next year? Or, would you rather have Christian Darrisaw, Asante Samuel Jr., and the 2022 first-round pick? Based on this team’s needs and lack of depth, the latter option would be the path for me.

Sewell and Slater are great tackles, but the Chargers have plenty of other questions about this roster that need to be answered before we put them in Chiefs, Bills, or Ravens territory in the AFC.

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