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Mailbag: Will the Chargers Make a Trade in the Draft?

Q: Seeing all these draft trades going down, so what are the odds we will make a trade in the draft? – Mike C.

A: I've answered this question the past two years by saying the odds say yes.  Both times I was wrong.  There is really no way of knowing, but based on past history, it's more likely than not the Chargers will make a draft day trade even though they haven't done so since 2015 when they moved up to get Melvin Gordon.  Despite staying put the past two years, the fact remains that the Bolts have made a draft day trade all but six times since 2000.  It is worth noting that the three times the team has executed a trade under GM Tom Telesco, it involved moving up to get the player they desired. I think I said this last year, but I am a fan of moving up or moving back if the situation arises.  I love the idea of moving back and accumulating more picks in order to take more whacks at the piñata.  At the same time, if there is someone you covet, I am all for doing whatever it takes to make sure you get him in the fold.

Q:  How excited are you for the new L.A. Stadium? – Angelo Reyes

A: I mean, take a look at these photos below and tell me how someone could possibly not be excited about the new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park!?  It's going to be incredible when it opens in 2020.  Check out this link here for even more info, including how to join the waitlist.

The latest renderings of the new SoFi Stadium set to debut in 2020. Click here to learn more about our new home.

Q:  Does the Mike Pouncey signing mean the Chargers don't think as much I thought they did about Spencer Pulley? – Mike Rose

 A: I can see why someone would think that, but that isn't accurate.  The Bolts still think very highly of Pulley, who is only entering his third NFL season.  But when the opportunity presents itself to add a three-time Pro Bowler who has cemented himself as one of the best players at the position, how can you possibly pass that up?  Pulley is also capable of playing guard, and you can never have enough talent or depth up front. 

Q:  Will the Chargers take a quarterback in the draft? – Brett Welletts

 A: There are only a select few who know the answer to that, and we'll all find out together in late April.   What I can share is what Telesco told the media at the Combine when asked about this year's crop of QB prospects:

"With the quarterback position, you're always looking. I don't care if you have a young quarterback or an old quarterback. But certainly in our case, our starting quarterback is 30-plus. We've always been looking to see who that next quarterback is, fully knowing when that guys comes in, whether it's the draft, trade or free agency, if the player has to sit for one year, two years, three years or longer, then he'll sit because we're very happy with the way Philip's playing. That's just part of it, but we're always prepared to do what we have to do. It just hasn't lined up for us…. It's (a) good (class this year). It's been good the last couple of years. But I think it's good this year, and it's not just first round either. There's a number of good quarterbacks there. Actually, the draft as a whole I think is very strong."

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