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The San Diego Chargers Would Be Crazy to Trade Up in the NFL Draft

Mock drafts now have the San Diego Chargers trading up in the first round to get a Left Tackle in the 2013 NFL Draft. This is an insane plan and one that Tom Telesco shouldn't even consider.

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Hey, everybody. Sorry I haven't been around much this week. Strep throat has been trying to murder me, and it took until Wednesday before I got western medicine on my side.

In the time that I've been gone, I've been reading, watching and listening to a lot about the upcoming NFL Draft. It appears that the collective thought of the "draft experts" has turned, as it pertains to the San Diego Chargers. First, they said the Bolts would draft Lane Johnson. Then, when it didn't look like Lane Johnson would be there, they thought San Diego might take a pass rusher. As time progressed, they once again changed their minds and decided Tom Telesco would draft a Guard, or maybe a Defensive Tackle. Now? Well, they're back to Lane Johnson, but now they think the Chargers will trade up in the first round to get him.

I haven't been able to eat solid food since Sunday, so I barely have the strength to lift this brick, but I will do so and use my anger to fuel me as I throw it towards the nearest idiot that says that Tom Telesco is going to trade up in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. That's how angry I am about this being written over and over and over again.

The final straw was when Don Banks, who I greatly admire and appreciate, had the Chargers trading with the Browns to move up to the #6 pick in the draft to take Lane Johnson.

If the Chargers trade up in the 2013 NFL Draft, I will eat delicious homemade cookies. A lot of them. So many that I have a stomachache, which will take my mind off of how incredibly angry I am that Dean Spanos hired a moron for a General Manager.

Luckily, Tom Telesco isn't a moron (or, at least, doesn't appear to be one). He knows that the Chargers are either in "rebuilding mode" or very close to it. Teams that miss the playoffs three years in a row shouldn't trade away draft picks. Teams that are still searching for a starting ILB, NT, RG, LT, SS and CB shouldn't trade away draft picks.

The 2013 Chargers don't need to win for Telesco and McCoy to keep their jobs. Both of these men know this. There's no point in trading away the future of your franchise, which is exactly what trading up in the draft is, for the sake of being better this season.