Why the Chargers should consider moving down in the first round of the NFL Draft

Dec 1, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Despite having a 5-11 record in 2019, the Los Angeles Chargers still have a solid roster without many glaring holes to fill.

Two of the biggest needs for the team heading into the offseason were corner and offensive tackle, and both were addressed during the free agency period with the signings of cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and right tackle Brian Bulaga.

Quarterback still seems like a need, although head coach Anthony Lynn has voiced his belief in Tyrod Taylor to lead this team in 2020. He may not inspire a whole lot of confidence in the fanbase, but Taylor has proven he can be a competent starter in this league. In his career, he’s thrown for 9,562 yards, he’s tossed 54 touchdowns to just 20 interceptions and has a career completion percentage of 61.6 percent.

With three of the team’s needs seemingly already accounted for, what should LA do with their sixth overall pick in the upcoming draft? They could take the best player available, which general manager Tom Telesco has made a habit of doing, or they could leverage that pick to trade back and accumulate more picks to play with later in the draft.

Trading back into the teens or early 20s would give the Chargers a very solid return; they’d likely walk away with a first round pick in the 15-20 range, an additional third or fourth round pick this year, and maybe even another late round pick next season.

If a team calls offering this type of trade, Telesco shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.


  1. Move back 10 spots in the first round to pick up an extra 3rd or 4th round pick? No. Just no. You’re fired.

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