With less then two-weeks to go before the start of the NFL 2011 Draft on April 28, we have reached a period of time when trade negotiations start to heat up. The groundwork that is being laid now could facilitate a number of trades that come to fruition on draft day.
In a recent interview on XX1090 Sports Radio, Chargers GM AJ Smith discussed how happy he would be if the team held on to their combined five-picks in the first three rounds. He also admitted to being one of the GM’s most likely to facilitate a trade in the draft should there be a player he values or a deal worth taking.
In our continuing Be The GM series, we look at possible trade scenarios and ask, “What would YOU do if you were the GM of the Chargers?”
ince the first 9-10 players selected in the draft are the same on most any mock draft scenario that you can find (Newton, Dareus, Miller, Peterson, Green, Gabbert, Fairley, T. Smith, Quinn, J. Jones) we are going to focus on a couple of scenarios from selection number 11 on…
11. Houston Texans: Aldon Smith OLB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker QB
13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara
14. St Louis Rams: Corey Luiget DT
15. Miami Dolphins: TRADE OFFER
One frequently discussed trade partner is the Miami Dolphins, who most people see taking either a running back or offensive lineman in the first round. If the Chargers choose to focus on the defensive side of the ball in the first round, players like JJ Watt, Cameron Jordan, or Ryan Kerrigan, among others are all available at this point in the draft, but there is no guarantee who will still be on the board after Jacksonville and New England pick. Miami may be a willing trade partner, but is it worth it to move up a few spots to guarantee yourself one of the top defensive ends?
The Trade Offer: Miami is willing to give you the 15th overall selection in the first round for the Chargers’ 18th overall pick, as well as the Chargers’ 2nd round pick, number 61 overall. As the Chargers’ GM, do you pull the trigger on this deal? What would you do?
15. Miami Dolphins: Anthony Castonzo OT
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan DE/OLB
17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan DE
18. San Diego Chargers: ???
With the 18th overall selection in this scenario, the Chargers have some strong options from which to choose. Watt, Muhammad Wilkerson, or a top tackle prospect like Gabe Carimi are available and could all be solid options to help improve the Chargers immediately. But there is a trade being offered by a team near the end of the first round. With offensive tackles starting to come off the board, a perennial contender wants to insure that they don’t miss out on one of the top players from that group.
The Trade Offer: The Chicago Bears, with the 29th overall selection in the first round, are willing to trade their first round pick as well as their 2nd round pick (62nd overall) to the Chargers in exchange for the Chargers 18th overall selection. Would you give up the chance to draft one of the top players on your draft board to move back and pick up an extra 2nd round pick?
It is very difficult to predict trade scenarios, but it is easier to predict that AJ Smith will pull the trigger on at least one trade in this draft. Would you accept either of these deals? Be The GM, sound off below and join the conversation!
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