Well, folks! The big day is finally just about here! There are two major football “holidays” during the NFL’s lengthy offseason, and the biggest one is TOMORROW. With open season for Free Agency behind us, the final steps toward molding the 2019 rosters for each team begins today.
How to tune in:
The 2019 draft starts on Thursday, April 25, and runs through Sunday, April 27.
The entire weekend schedule is as follows:
Thursday, April 25: Round 1 (8pm. ET | 5pm PT)
Friday, April 26: Rounds 2-3 (7pm ET | 4pm PT)
Saturday, April 27: Rounds 4-7 (12pm ET | 9am PT)
Where is the 2019 NFL Draft?
This year’s draft will be held in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It has never been held in Nashville before, so expect a lot of Titans fans.
Which picks to the Chargers own?
- Round 1 – 28th overall
- Round 2 – 60th overall
- Round 3 – 91st overall
- Round 4 – 130th overall
- Round 5 – 166th overall
- Round 6 – 200th overall
- Round 7 – 242nd overall
Nice! What sorts of juicy rumors should I be ready for?
Well, the Chargers aren’t unfamiliar with bombastic draft-day dealings, though they haven’t made a habit of large splashes after drafting and trading Eli Manning in 2004.
Being one of the top teams in the league in 2018, the Chargers don’t have the luxury of immense draft equity to trade away. They essentially have three choices: Take the best player they want at #28, move up and grab a desired player by trading assets (draft picks most commonly), or trade down to acquire more equity (more picks this year or more/possibly higher picks next year).
Chargers Trading Down?
GM Tom Telesco was quoted on Chargers.com just this week, saying that he’s open to trading back:
It would be the same with every draft: We’re always receptive to it. We go through a lot of different scenarios as far as trading back, trading up and staying put. There’s never been a year where I’d ever say that we would definitely not trade up or definitely not trade back. We’d certainly be receptive to it…If you did trade out of the first round, ideally you wouldn’t want to go too far back into the second round.
Although that sounds ‘obvious,’ there is an interesting tidbit there: they still want a pick that would be around the top 50, which makes sense. That limits their trade partners, but also helps clarify what sort of move is possible. The top teams in the draft (Cardinals, Giants, etc) could still be in play for a trade, especially with the Josh Rosen drama not dying down.
Grabbing the best Offensive Tackle
While there isn’t a consensus for a dead-lock draft pick that the Chargers are courting, SB Nation’s recent FanPulse polling shows that a majority of people expect the team to take an Offensive Tackle first in the draft.
However, Mock Drafts have indicated that the premier OT well could be dry by the time the Chargers pick. For instance, CBS’ Ryan Wilson has the Chargers grabbing Chris Lindstrom at 28.
28 Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
Lindstrom, one of the best offensive linemen in this class, is coming off a strong season for the Eagles and he would be a huge upgrade along the interior line for the Chargers.
What should the Chargers do with Pick #28?
This poll is closed
Stay put! There’ s a lot of good players to choose from
Trade down! It’s better to have later additional picks when you’re already near the end of round 1.
Trade up! This could be the difference maker to get us to the Super Bowl
-Jason “Draft Digger” Michaels