The 2014 NFL Draft is less than a month away, and every team is getting all their last-minute player workouts in. This year’s draft offers tremendous depth at positions of need for the San Diego Chargers. While the Chargers could get a great impact player with the 25th overall pick in the first round, they would be better suited to trade out of the first round to stockpile more picks for Day 2.
With eight picks overall, the Chargers could take advantage of the depth in the draft to fill several position needs on their roster.
The Chargers sit one spot ahead of the quarterback-needy Cleveland Browns in the first round. The Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings could pass on a quarterback with their top-10 pick. This would give the Jaguars or Vikings an opportunity to trade back into the first round to draft a quarterback ahead of the Browns, providing them with two quality players in the first round. The Vikings seem to be a more logical trade partner given their two third-round picks in the draft.
The Chargers were very quiet in free agency, and a move like this could provide them with much-needed roster depth. In making this move, the Chargers could trade their No. 25 pick to the Vikings for their No. 40 and No. 72 picks. This would give the Chargers four picks (No. 40, 57, 72 and 89) overall in the second and third rounds.
With these four picks, the Chargers could essentially address the defensive line, secondary, linebacker and offensive line needs. Arizona State‘s Will Sutton or Penn State‘s DaQuan Jones could be possible defensive tackle options in the second round who suit the Chargers’ 3-4 defense very well.
There’s a good possibility that McGill and Desir will be available at No. 72 in the third round. This would allow the Chargers to select Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy (No. 40) with their first pick in the second round, Will Sutton (No.57) at the back end of the second round and then a cornerback (No. 72) at the beginning of the third.
These three defensive picks (possibly Van Noy, Sutton and McGill) would fill three huge needs for the Chargers while providing immediate improvement.
That leaves San Diego with one more pick towards the end of the third round (No. 89). With offensive guard being another area of need, the Chargers could address the position with Stanford‘s David Yankey. Over the past three seasons, Yankey started 40 games for the Cardinals’ run-heavy offense. Yankey would fit very well with the Chargers’ new three-headed running attack.
Everything is speculation until draft day arrives, but a move like this could significantly benefit the Chargers’ roster.