Mailbag: What’s the Art of a Draft Day Trade?

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Q: Will the Chargers host a draft party this year? Where?? Last year on Queen Mary was a lot of fun. – Loren Dill

A: Loren – you asked this question last week, and I’m bringing it back for this mailbag so I can pass along the details now that they are finalized. The draft party will be held on the Santa Monica Pier, and it’s going to be awesome. It’s completely free, and you’ll have chances to hang out with current Chargers players and Chargers legends and receive autographs. You can find all the details here, so be sure to register for your free tickets.

Q: Ricky. Would you rather trade up in the draft to get one guy, or trade back to get multiple picks? – Nick Edmunds

A: Man, I think you’d all be shocked – shocked – to see the amount of questions and comments I get about trading in the draft. I mean, I already addressed one of them a couple mailbags ago. It really does boggle my mind each year how obsessed fans are with draft day trades. Anyway, to answer your questions…there is no one single answer to your question. I’m all about either option. For instance, if there is a guy you see as a big difference maker, do whatever it is you have to do to get him. Melvin Gordon is a great example. He was a guy the Bolts targeted, and they saw the opportunity to move up a couple spots and ensure they got him. On the other hand, I love the idea of trading back. The draft at times can be a crapshoot (though you’d never know if you look at the talent the Chargers have added over the years), so I’m always for trading back to get more picks and bites at the apple. That being said, the art of the draft day deal is complicated. You need to find a partner willing to dance – a team that wants to move back for more picks when you have a target, and someone who believes in a single player enough to offer you enough incentive to move back. It’s really difficult…but when it happens, it’s always exciting.

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Q: With the 28th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select.... – Winston James

A: ¯\(ツ)

Q: Player most likely to hit a dinger in one at-bat? Player most likely to strike someone out? – Jason Lee

A: Well this is certainly an off-the-wall question, but it is baseball season so what the heck. I think it’s fairly obvious who can strike someone out – Philip Rivers. He has rare arm talent, so I trust his ability to fire some heat as well as mix in some off-speed stuff. As far as who’d hit a homer in one at bat, I’m gonna say Austin Ekeler. Sure he’s an uber athlete, but he’s pound-for-pound the strongest Bolt, so I think he has the power to unleash a long ball. Fun question!

Q: Who are your top 5 WRs in the league? – Tyler Dawson

A: 1. Keenan Allen 2. Keenan Allen. 3. Keenan Allen 4. Keenan Allen 5. Keenan Allen

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