There is plenty of trade talk beginning to heat up with the 2013 NFL Draft so close you can practically taste it. Peter King’s latest mock draft talks about the San Diego Chargers trading up for their left tackle of the future as if it has already happened. King is a well-known authority on everything around the league, so if his sources are telling him something, chances are it’s true. In the version that he suggests may become reality, I hope he is spot on with these predictions.
Many have suggested that the Bolts should try and trade up for Lane Johnson. While it very possible Johnson could turn out to be a top-flight tackle in the near-term, I’m still far too skeptical on his ability to hold up against the physicality that he will see at the next level. The player I am not skeptical of in the least bit is who King has slated to the Bolts in his trade scenario with the Cleveland Browns.
If in fact Eric Fisher lasts to the Browns’ selection at number six overall, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Chargers would have some serious interest in moving up. What King points out is that it will cost the Bolts’ new General Manager Tom Telesco the team’s second round pick to move up, but investing their top two picks in a proven commodity at left tackle to hold down the blindside for the next decade is well worth the price tag. Making a move like that for a shot in the dark gamble like Lane Johnson would not get the green light from this guy.
My fingers are officially crossed that King proves to be worthy of the expert label that he has earned over the years. Fisher has all of the same qualities that former Central Michigan tackle Joe Staley had coming out of school, but he is arguably a more polished product as a pass protector. Inserting that type of presence at the most important position outside of quarterback on the offense would instantly improve things for the Bolts in 2013.
On the Browns’ side of things, this move makes sense as well because they can move back as King shows and still select quarterback Geno Smith while adding an extra second round pick. Cleveland is trying to finally build things the right way, and pulling off a deal like this with San Diego would certainly help their cause as well.
This seems like a win-win situation on the surface, but there are 30 other NFL franchises that could potentially throw a wrench into this dreamy scenario by Thursday night. Here’s to hoping things play out just as King’s mock draft details.