Prominent QB prospect opens door for Chargers to trade down with Raiders

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The LA Chargers have the fifth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and will have the opportunity to draft an exciting prospect with the selection. There is speculation that the team is already highlighting Malik Nabers as a target, and that very well could be the pick come April.

There is also the possibility of trading down in the draft. With such a dense top-end quarterback class, the Chargers could come away with a king's ransom depending on how far they move down in the draft. That is an intriguing proposition, especially if the Bolts can still land an impact guy later in the first round.

There are several potential trade-down partners who have emerged during the 2024 NFL Combine that the Bolts may do business with. The strongest of which may have just emerged thanks to Jayden Daniels, who admitted in an interview with CBS Sports that he would love to play for Las Vegas Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce.

Jayden Daniels opens door for Chargers to trade down with Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders are not going to be able to take Jayden Daniels with the 13th pick in the draft. There are too many teams that need a quarterback and there is no chance that Daniels would get past the Atlanta Falcons with the eighth overall pick.

In fact, the New York Giants with the sixth overall pick are a big threat to take Daniels. That puts the Chargers in a great spot as the Raiders have a team that they absolutely would have to leapfrog in order to take Daniels (assuming the interest is mutual, which it probably should be).

From a pure value standpoint, the Chargers can demand the Raiders send their second-round pick along with the 13th pick in the draft to move up eight spots. The fifth pick is worth 1,700 points on the NFL Draft trade value chart while the 13th and 44th picks are worth a combined 1,610. Vegas would probably have to throw in another pick (like a fourth-rounder) or a future third-rounder.

That being said, the Chargers could probably get even more out of the Raiders if there is a market for Daniels. If a team like the Falcons have also circled Daniels as their guy then a bidding war could commence. And if that is the case, it would not be surprising at all if the Chargers walked away with multiple second-round picks, an extra third-round pick in this year's draft, or even a future first.

That is why trading down is such an intriguing option for the Bolts, and is the route that most fans want to see the team take.