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Penei Sewell has been the golden goose for LA Chargers fans in the 2021 NFL Draft dating back to the 2020 season. There was a point in time in which the Chargers were slotted to have the fourth overall pick in the draft and it appeared as if Sewell was destined to reunite with Justin Herbert, this time donning the powder blue.
However, the team’s success at the end of the season had other plans. The Chargers finished the year with four consecutive victories to move to 7-9, giving them the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. This essentially ended the Sewell dream as there is zero chance he falls that far.
As the draft has gotten closer that dream has been reignited. The idea of the Cincinnati Bengals passing on Sewell to reunite Ja’Marr Chase with Joe Burrow has gained serious traction and appears to be the route the team will take.
Suddenly, Sewell could be available from 7-9, all of which are spots that have trade-down candidates. NFL insider Benjamin Allbright added fuel to the Sewell fire on Wednesday.
Wouldn't be surprised to see the #Chargers try to trade up into the top 10 (7) for an OT (Sewell).
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) April 22, 2021
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco has gained the reputation for being cheap and passive (despite trading back into the first round last year). This leads many to have the all-important question:
Why would the LA Chargers trade up for Penei Sewell?
This is not a discussion about whether or not it is worth it. Personally, I lean towards yes, it is worth it, but I would have to see the package first. Bolt Beat contributor Alex Insdorf believes the contrary, stating that it is not worth it for the team.
We could have that debate all day. This isn’t that. Instead, let’s look at the potential motivation for the LA Chargers trading up for Sewell and the reasoning the team could have if they do make the move.