The San Diego Chargers hold the 11th pick in the first round. Why I feel they should keep the pick if Eric Fisher or Dee Milliner are available. There is an interesting trade scenario with Cincinnati that I feel hasn't been explored.
The Cincinnati Bengals hold the 21st pick in the first round and due to a Carson Palmer trade a couple of years ago hold the Raiders very early 2nd round pick of 37 and there own later second round pick of 53. The Chargers second rounder is #45.
Now the Bolts have holes, lots of them, most notably on the offensive line. While In my opinion our aging center Nick Hardwick is the only starting talent on our team and Louis Vasquez is an average guard at best and also a free agent. The astronomical money given to Jeromey Clary two years ago (20 million over four years) is just ludacris considering his, excuse me, Cough, Loud Cough "production". I'm not really going to go into it. Ever since Chris Dielman went down in New York against the Jets and Marcus Mcneil retired, well the Bolts let's just say, haven't been the same. No running game whatsoever and let's face it Matthews is on the verge of "bust" territory Ala Buster Davis, Larry English, Sammy Davis Junior and Anthony Waters. Remember him? Didn't think so.
The Defense. Shaun Phillips is a Free agent and is not likely to return. Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer are also free agents and also possibly gone maybe Cason stays but who knows on that front right now. Antonio Garay's production and playing time has slipped to, what the Hair is going on status. While I love Takeo Spikes, he is also an aging free agent. And in my opinion that dude is just bad luck. That's five premium positions we are looking to fill on a Defense that showed tremendous promise last year and has some serious potential this upcoming season. My point is we have a gaggle of holes on both offense and defense.
So looking at the draft and the depth of talent on both the Offensive and Defensive lines I think we should take into consideration the wealth of Cincinnati's draft picks in the second round. The value and availability that might, might just be there. If Chance Warmack, Lane Johnson, Barkevious Mingo, Jonathan Cooper, Kenny Vaccaro or Jarvis Jones fall to that 21 spot this could be a great scenario. And it can happen just look at Melvin Ingram and David DeCastro last year.
As for the second round I haven't done my due diligence yet, but there are always stars and Pro Bowl caliber talent there. For as many holes as we have I think it would be the prudent thing to do to explore this option of trading down in the first round (switching first round picks) with Cincy #11 for #21 and acquiring both of their second round picks #37 and #53 for our #45. That's three for two picks folks. If Tellesco is as good at evaluating talent as I and the rest of the Chargers fans hope he is this could be a huge coup for the Bolts.
What do you think?