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Chargers trade back, select Iowa OT in Draft Network mock

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As much as the Chargers may need to select a quarterback at #6, there’s still plenty of reason to trade back, collect more capital, and roll with your proven veteran for the immediate future.

That’s the mindset Joe Marino of The Draft Network had for the Chargers in his latest mock.

In this scenario. the Chargers trade back into the #9 slot while receiving the Jaguars second-round pick (42).

With the ninth-overall pick, Marino gave the Chargers Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, arguably the best offensive lineman in the entire draft. Here’s what Marino had to say about the selection:

“The Chargers are heading in a new direction at quarterback and that new signal-caller deserves a much better offensive line than what Philip Rivers had in recent years. Tristan Wirfs is a mauler in the run game. He dominates in space and has all of the physical traits needed to become a dynamic pass blocker.”

I’ve made it very on this site just how much I love Wirfs. Not only because he is a former Iowa Hawkeye like myself, but he isn’t an elite physical specimen that doesn’t lack the same amount of fundamental foundation that many “freak athletes” at the position tend to going into the NFL.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah believes Wirfs’ ceiling could be higher if he kicked inside to guard. Some see that type of comment as an indictment of his talent in general but this is just not the case. If the Chargers are able to sign a tackle in free agency then Wirfs is still just as valuable based on how well he would fill the next void up front, which could be either of the guard positions at this point.

However, we all know how Tom Telesco loves to stand pat when it comes to not trading up or down, so maybe this scenario is but a dream for some of us.