3 Chargers who will completely shape what LA does in the 2023 NFL Draft

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The LA Chargers enter the 2023 offseason not having much money to spend and actually needing to free up cap space. According to Over The Cap, the Chargers have to free up over $20 million in space just to become cap complacent.

This makes the 2023 NFL Draft extremely important for the Chargers. Los Angeles needs to find players that not only fit the long-term picture but also make an impact as early as year one. Doing that is easier said than done but it is not impossible. Look at the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chargers still need to make various financial decisions and go through free agency before the draft. What happens in the next month is going to shape what the team does in the draft and there are certain Chargers who are more important than others.

These 3 Chargers will completely shape the 2023 NFL Draft:

1. Trey Pipkins

Trey Pipkins is a free agent after having a career year with the LA Chargers in 2022. Pipkins finally developed into a serviceable starter and is going to be a target for any team that needs right tackle help in 2023.

The Chargers would have to pull various strings and make certain sacrifices to be able to afford Pipkins in free agency. While his contract won't break the bank, the Chargers are about as inflexible as they can be this offseason.

Pipkins leaving opens a brand-new hole for the Chargers to address in the draft. The team could either draft a tackle to replace Pipkins or move Jamaree Salyer to right tackle and draft a guard to play next to Rashawn Slater.