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Chargers trade back into first in TDN’s latest mock

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Chargers make bold trade to land QB of the future

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Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network just released his Mock Draft 6.0, his first since the days immediately following the end of Super Bowl 54, and he’s got the Chargers making some big moves to reinforce the offense for the foreseeable future.

With the sixth-overall pick, the Chargers passed on selecting quarterback Justin Herbert and instead went with the monolithic Mekhi Becton, the behemoth left tackle out of Louisville. But the Chargers weren’t done in the first round just yet. As Utah State quarterback Jordan Love continued to tumble down, the Bolts made a bold trade back into the first with the San Francisco 49ers at #31 to select the signal-caller and capitalize on the chance to get his fifth-year option.

Here’s what Crabbs had to say about the picks:

Mekhi Becton - “If you missed it, the Los Angeles Chargers agreed last week to trade offensive tackle Russell Okung to the Carolina Panthers for offensive guard Trai Turner. That’s a big get for the Chargers’ interior line, but it also opens up a void at tackle that I’m not ready to pass off to Sam Tevi, Trey Pipkins and Trent Scott. Expect the Chargers to make a play for a veteran quarterback as they look to make a splash this season and try to kickstart their withering fan attendance.”

Jordan Love - “Well, well, well. The Chargers are back with a vengeance in the first round, putting an end to the slide of Love. With this team seemingly invested in fixing their offensive line and likely to add a veteran quarterback, Love will be going to an attractive landing place — one with good pass catchers, an improving offensive line and (likely) no pressure to play early.”

With the recent trading of left tackle Russell Okung to Carolina, this pick makes sense. However, there’s a long shot that the board will fall this way. Let’s be honest, this is sort’ve a perfect storm for the Chargers. Love will have a number of suitors in the first round and it’s hard to imagine he would slip so far down. At the same time, guys like Teddy Bridgewater and Lamar Jackson fell all the way to the bottom of the first in their respective drafts and both were selected by a team that traded back into the first to draft them. So it’s certainly in the realm of possibility.

This was a three-round mock but the Chargers used their third rounder to trade up.

Would this be an ideal situation for the Chargers? Why or why not?