Can you smell that? Yup that’s the smell of the NFL draft season! Ah the smell of hopes and dreams of soon to be NFL players, the smell anticipation of NFL fans waiting for Christmas in April, the smell of dozens of draft geeks playing armchair GM from their mothers basement! Yes it wouldn’t be draft season if dozens of nimrods who think they know more about this great game then the men who make millions running it clogging up blogs and fan forums with the nonsensical trade proposals and mock drafts. Well ladies and gentlemen (and John, who I’m still not quite sure which side he falls on) today I am that nimrod!
Like many draft obsessed nerds I have been constantly checking the various online sites for updated mock drafts, get as getty as a school girl when I hear Mel Kippers voice on the radio or TV, and even have outlined a mock draft or two (or nine) of my own. However, I keep running into the same problem, there are just no sexy picks left for the Chargers at #18… Sure there are solid D-line picks there like JJ Watt, Muhammad Wilkerson or even Cameron Jordan and sure those guys could help this team win next year but where’s the pazazz where’s the flair? Where’s the player who’s jersey you’re going to go out and buy the next day? Picking a 3-4 D-Linemen in the first round of the draft is like getting clothes for Christmas, sure you need them but it’s just so boring. Therefore I propose the Chargers trade up and get Julio Jones.
What will it take?
Assuming Jones is still on the board for the tenth pick (value of 1,300) it is conceivable the Chargers could trade up using their first pick (#18 value of 900 points) and the first of their second round picks (#50 value of 400 points).
Why would Washington move back?
Washington has a ton of holes to fill and could use all the top 50 talent they can get their hands on. Washington’s biggest needs are at QB and O-Line, assuming Gabbert and Newton are off the board (both are a reach in the top 10 in my opinion but teams may get desperate in a light QB draft) and no top ten level offensive linemen in this year’s draft the Redskins may be willing to move back a bit, so that they could still fill an area of need and get an extra top 50 pick ta-boot.
Why should the Bolts move up?
Well we all know Naanee days as a charger are over, Floyd can’t stay healthy and showed last year he is clearly not a #1, Crayton is on the wrong side of 30 and who knows what’s going to happen with VJ after this season? The Chargers receiving core is thin at best and when you have been at the bottom of the league in rushing over the past three seasons you need all the help you can get.