Latest NFL Draft rumor bodes extremely well for Chargers' dream scenario

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The LA Chargers hold the fifth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and there are several directions that the team can go. With a stacked quarterback class, there has been a lot of talk about the Chargers trading down in the draft to pick up more assets to build out the roster.

If the Chargers stay put then they should have the ability to draft a potential franchise-altering receiver. It is very unlikely that Malik Nabers will be drafted in the top four picks, and if it wasn't for Marvin Harrison Jr, he would be the runaway best wide receiver in this draft class.

Early on in this draft process it seemed impossible that Harrison would fall to the Chargers but as we get closer to the draft, it is becoming more likely. In fact, the latest (unexpected) draft rumor supports that dream coming to a reality, as the Washington Commanders could shake the entire draft up by taking an unexpected quarterback.

Commanders drafting J.J. McCarthy would increase the odds of Marvin Harrison Jr. falling to the Chargers

J.J. McCarthy has been gaining a lot of steam heading into the 2024 NFL Draft with Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh even doing his best to increase McCarthy's value during the cycle. Harbaugh obviously has a bias toward his former Michigan quarterback, but he also knows that if he goes in the top four it will benefit the Chargers.

If the Commanders shock the league and take McCarhty with the second pick then it will open the floodgates for other teams to draft up in the draft. Suddenly the Patriots would be able to take the consensus QB2 in Drake Maye, leaving Jayden Daniels to fall to the fourth pick.

Nobody is realistically expecting Daniels to fall to four and if he does, the Arizona Cardinals could make out like bandits, Arizona could reasonably trade all the way down to the 11th pick and get multiple future firsts and the 23rd pick in this year's draft from the Minnesota Vikings. If that situation presents itself then Harrison won't be picked in the top four as expected.

And if that is the case, the Chargers will get the chance to draft the most exciting wide receiver prospect to hit the draft in recent memory. Hopefully, for the Chargers' sake, all of this McCarthy buzz is real and it is not a smoke screen.