Chargers Draft

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 Dylan Buell/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Where trading up might make sense for the LA Chargers

If Sewell or Slater starts to slide into a range where the Chargers don’t have to give up the 2022 first-round pick, they should consider it. Where is that range in the first round? It probably starts with Dallas at 10, since the team clearly won’t trade up with Denver at nine.

There’s still part of me that wouldn’t like giving up this year’s 47th pick in a trade to the Cowboys or Giants, but Sewell is a fantastic prospect and there is known chemistry with Herbert. With a known quality and connection, it’d be hard to pass up.

The cost of trading up three spots in the first round is a lot different than going up more than five. The Chargers could either give up their second-round pick in that scenario or two combined picks for value purposes.

In 2012, the Eagles traded up from pick 15 to 12 with Seattle for the cost of the 15th pick, a 2012 fourth-rounder and fifth-rounder. That’s about the closest comp I could find for what the Chargers would have to do in this scenario. It’s possible that they don’t have to give up their second-round pick.

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Trading up with Atlanta or Detroit is a pipe dream considering there are teams probably willing to give up a lot to draft the quarterback of their choice. By comparison, trading up a few spots is significantly more manageable. The Chargers giving up two day three picks or one day two selection up in a isn’t nearly as risky as parting ways with their 2022 first.

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