San Diego Chargers Open To Trading Third Overall Pick?

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Feb 29, 2016 09:42 AM EST
Philip Rivers
Quarterback Philip Rivers heads to the locker room."

The San Diego Chargers are looking to get the most out of their 2016 NFL Draft pick. With the third overall pick the Chargers could look to add one of the best prospects in this draft. One thing that seems pretty clear is that the Chargers are not aiming to take a quarterback this season. The franchise is attempting to build a winning roster around Philip Rivers, and this could mean trading back in the draft, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Chargers could look to trade with several teams who are trying to move up in the draft to take either one of the top quarterbacks or a contender looking to replace a player they might lose in free agency. Immediately the San Francisco 49ers come to mind as they will be picking in the bottom half of the top 10.

The 49ers were caught in another embarrassing situation as they seemed content with rolling the dice on Colin Kaepernick for another season, however the quarterback did not seem too excited to be back with the organization. Kaepernick reportedly asked to be traded, and this whole situation could be looked at as another example of Chip Kelly's lack of awareness when it comes to the players on his roster, according to USA Today. Now the 49ers will look to grab one of the top quarterbacks in the draft to attempt to rebuild this struggling franchise. The Chargers would obviously need a ton of weapons on both sides of the ball or at least a solid amount of picks in return.

The Chargers could use an influx of youth at the defensive line position as their defense was barely able to generate any pressure on opposing quarterbacks during the 2015 season, according to ESPN. The Chargers will also need to replace their star safety Eric Weddle after failing to resign the playmaking defender. Those issues along with the lack of depth at the wide receiver position (which was magnified when star wide receiver Keenan Allen went down with a kidney injury) make the 2016 NFL Draft and free agency period an important one for the San Diego Chargers.

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