Chargers trade down with Vikings in 7-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

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There has been a lot of speculation around the Minnesota Vikings leading into the 2024 NFL Draft. All signs are pointing to the Vikings trading down in the draft. Minnesota is reportedly going to be aggressive in pursuing a top-five pick, and the Chargers might be the only team in the top five willing to trade down.

If the Chargers love Malik Nabers too much then they might end up staying put simply to take one of the best wide receiver prospects in recent draft history. But if the Bolts aren't as sold on Nabers, and Marvin Harrison Jr. doesn't fall to five, then it swings the door wide open for the Chargers to make a trade.

Based on similar draft trades in recent history, here is how the deal could end up working itself out between the Chargers and Vikings:

Draft trade

Back in 2021 the San Francisco 49ers traded a 2022 first, 2023 third and 2023 first to go from the 12th pick to the third pick. Miami essentially picked up two extra firsts and an extra third for moving down. Here, the Chargers get slightly less in a similar situation, picking up one extra first, an extra second, and an extra third.

This obviously takes Nabers and Rome Odunze off the board for the Chargers, so they end up going with a different position with the 11th pick. Let's dive into the mock using Pro Football Focus' mock draft simulator.

Chargers draft CB Quinyon Mitchell with 11th pick

Trading back to 11 takes the top three wide receivers off the board so the Chargers should address the other glaring roster hole: cornerback. Even after signing Kristian Fulton, the Chargers have a huge need at the position and can address it here with top-line talent.

Quinyon Mitchell has rapidly climbed the draft ranks and now looks to be someone who will be picked in the 10-15 range on draft night. He has all the traits to be a legitimate CB1 at the next level and might just come into the league as the best cornerback on the Chargers depth chart.

Suddenly, the horrible-looking cornerback room would look a lot better with the additions of Mitchell and Fulton. It would not be perfect, but it would give defensive coordinator Jesse Minter a lot more to work with.