The Chargers currently hold the 21st overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Bolts have never picked 21st overall in franchise history.
The Bolts and Ravens were the only teams that finished 10-7 in the regular season, with both losing in the Wild Card round. The Chargers will have a higher pick because of a lower strength of schedule. The Chargers finished with a SOS of .443 compared to .509 for the Ravens.
The Bolts were among the six NFL teams that lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs and were to be slotted between the 19th and 24th overall picks.
The Chargers would normally have the 22nd pick in the draft. But Miami (9-8) forfeited their first-round pick this year, meaning the Chargers moved up a spot. The first round will only have 31 overall picks this season.
The Chargers have seven current selections in the 2023 NFL Draft, which will be held in Kansas City from April 27-29, 2023.
The Chargers have picks in the following rounds:
The Chargers hold all seven of their original picks in the upcoming draft, even though the Chargers acquisition of Khalil Mack in March included giving up a 2023 sixth-round pick.
However, the Bolts and Bears made a trade during the 2022 NFL Draft that sent that sixth-round pick back to the Chargers in exchange for a pair of 2022 seventh-round selections.
The exact spots in draft order will be determined later, based on final standings, as well as the NFL's compensatory formula for later rounds.
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