ESPN suggests painful Chargers draft trade that will make fans cringe

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The LA Chargers have the 21st overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and many fans want to see draft-day movement by Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley. A dream scenario for the Bolts would be doing something that Telesco has never done as Chargers GM: move down in the first round.

While it seems unlikely with Telesco's history, if there was ever a draft class to do it with it would be the 2023 class. Plus, Telesco himself has already hinted at the Chargers potentially moving down, which has given fans hope that it might happen.

ESPN's Bill Barnwell recently wrote a thorough article that pitched a trade for every single pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Barnwell's logic went against what Chargers fans actually want in the draft as he had the Chargers moving up with the 21st overall pick.

Chargers trading up in the 2023 NFL Draft would be bad

Most fans probably agree that the Chargers trading up in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft would be a bad decision. There is just too much talent at the end of the first round to justify giving up a top 60 pick to move up seven spots.

Sure, they theoretically could get their choice of wide receiver but there is no guarantee that the team will even take a wide receiver in round one. In fact, after signing Jalen Guyton, some would argue that it is now less likely that the team will draft a receiver in round one.

This defeats the purpose of what the Chargers need to accomplish in the draft. Los Angeles needs depth on the roster while also building toward the future. Trading away a chance to land a legitimate depth piece just to move up a handful of positions wouldn't actually accomplish much for the Bolts.

The last time the Chargers traded up with the Patriots it ended up being a disaster. Los Angeles traded its 2020 second and third-round pick to move back into the first round to take linebacker Kenneth Murray.

Murray has not worked out well in Los Angeles and if the team could go back, it definitely would have just stayed put with its second and third-round picks. Hopefully, Telesco does not make the same mistake in this draft and instead goes the other way.