The LA Chargers have the 21st pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and many fans want to see the team trade down to pick up extra draft capital. With no pressing first-round need and a myriad of prospects to take in the late-first-round or early-second round, trading down and getting more capital would be huge.
Tom Telesco has never actually traded down as the general manager of the LA Chargers. However, he did hint at potentially moving down earlier this offseason, sparking the imagination of every Chargers fan.
The Bolts are not going to make a move until the day of the draft when they are on the clock, so don't expect anything soon. That being said, we could forecast which teams may want to move up and what they could offer.
3. Chargers receive picks 35 and 79 from Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts have the fourth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and while common sense says they should take a quarterback, it does not fully seem like that is the route the team is going to go. After all, the Colts are likely going to get the third chance at a QB with the fourth-overall pick.
Instead, Indianapolis may look to draft a game-changer and see how the rest of the board shapes out. Every year there seems to be one quarterback who falls farther than expected and if someone like Anthony Richardson or Will Levis is there at 21 the Colts could move back into the first to select them.
Los Angeles would be moving back 14 picks and would be picking up the Washington Commanders' third-round pick for moving back. The NFL Draft Trade Value Chart (which is not the law of the land but is a good resource) lists the 21st pick with an 800 value. The combined value of picks 35 and 79 is 745. Colts get a slightly better deal but teams don't follow the chart to a tee.