Pros and cons of the Chargers drafting Zion Johnson at 17

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Cons of the LA Chargers drafting Zion Johnson: 

1. Trent McDuffie is on the Kansas City Chiefs

When the Chargers were officially on the clock with the 17th overall pick there were three potential choices that seemed to make sense. Penning was the option fans didn't want to see with Trent McDuffie and Zion Johnson being the other options. 

Personally, I really did believe that it was going to be McDuffie with Brandon Staley’s defensive vision in mind. That being said, as long as it was Johnson or McDuffie, it was a good pick. 

The one bad part about not going McDuffie is that it opened the door for the Kansas City Chiefs to trade up to the 21st overall pick to take him. It is a shame that McDuffie is in division as he is a really good football player who will help shore up a hole in the Chiefs’ secondary. 

2. The Chargers maybe could've moved down and still gotten Johnson

This is really nit-picking (showing how good the Johnson pick was for the Bolts). The only small drawback about Johnson at 17 is that the tram theoretically could have moved down some spot, picked up a third-round pick and still gotten Johnson. 

That being said, it is unclear what teams would have even wanted to move up at 17 and the Chargers could have actually tried to move up for all we know. 

There were so many trades in this first round and it would have been nice to see the Chargers jump in that action, but at the end of the day, it's hard to not like Johnson at 17.