As we inch closer to the NFL draft the talks in San Diego are beginning to focus on the 25th pick in the first round. Those conversations range from who to take at 25, should the team trade up or should they trade back and accumulate more picks and then a debate follows said topics.
For those that have been reading my posts for the last couple of years, I’ve made my stance clear on trading up. Not a fan of doing it, quite honestly. Of course there is a time and place for such a practice to occur, but I have trouble giving up the opportunity for more players in an effort to get that one guy. The entire draft is a crapshoot.
When it comes to staying at pick 25 in the first, this might make the most sense. In most drafts, when sitting on the clock this late in the first round you’re going to have trouble finding a true stud to provide instant value for your team. This is clearly not always the case when you look at all of the Hall of Famers and Pro bowers that are taken much later in the draft. There are far too many examples to point out.
Finally, trading back to accumulate more picks is awfully tempting considering the depth of this year’s draft class. As mentioned above, in years past teams may have tended to lean toward either moving up or staying with their pick in order the land “their” guy. But this draft class is deep at many positions ( Most of those deep positions happen to be areas of need for your San Diego Chargers). Some experts have plainly stated without batting an eyelash that this is the best class in the last 20-30 years. Now that’s saying something.
Minus the team trading up, I could get behind either of the other two methods; staying put or trading back. But those are just my thoughts on the subject.
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