Chargers Reportedly Exploring Shocking Trade Ahead of NFL Draft

The Los Angeles Chargers are in the thick on trade rumors ahead of the NFL draft.
Apr 2, 2024; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at press conference
Apr 2, 2024; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at press conference / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Week is upon us, meaning fans will finally get answers to their questions surrounding the Los Angeles Chargers. LA is a major player heading into Round 1 on Thursday with the No. 5 pick in hand, allowing the Chargers to likely land one of the top two skill-position players with quarterbacks dominating the first couple of selections.

While Los Angeles could use an elite playmaking prospect, it appears the team isn't locked into that path just yet.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler relayed some intel on both the Chargers and Arizona Cardinals' trade talks ahead of Thursday. Apparently, there's genuine momentum behind Los Angeles moving down, as Jim Harbaugh potentially eyes an offensive lineman later in the first round instead.

"" I've talked to teams who say they very much want to move out, maybe get an offensive lineman or a wide receiver later in the top 10-12 somewhere.""

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler

A deal like this would certainly shake things up early in Round 1. Many have thought LSU's Malik Nabers would be the man for Los Angeles as the other top wide receiver in this class, but Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr. is the clear crown jewel.

With MHJ likely off of the table by No. 5 and other talented pass-catchers available in the first or even later rounds, the Chargers don't necessarily need to stay here, especially if someone offers a nice haul to select Nabers, Brock Bowers or another QB.

Obviously passing on the preferred WR2 would disappoint some who follow the Bolts. Justin Herbert desperately needs a new top target following the losses of both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Plus, 2023 first-round pick Quentin Johnston struggled mightily as a rookie, so there's no obvious successor on board right now.

However, the Chargers also have wide-ranging needs across this roster to attend to. Harbaugh may prefer to fortify his offensive line first to assist his run-heavy approach, or upgrade this lackluster defense, before spending premium capital on a wide receiver.

At the very least, LA has options heading into Round 1, and that's great news for this team as it begins a new era.

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