Three potential trades for the No. 3-overall pick
With madness ensuing at the top of the draft, the San Diego Chargers now hold all of the cards with the No. 3-overall pick. A weak roster gives the Chargers a number of options with the pick – DE DeForest Buckner, CB Jalen Ramsey, or OT Laremy Tunsil are all in play – but one other option is using the hot commodity to trade back and gather even more draft picks to use in their rebuild. Per the NFL Network, every time both the No. 1 pick and No. 2 pick were traded, the No. 3-overall pick followed suit.
Whether it’s a QB-needy team or perhaps a team simply looking to lock in one of the six elite prospects in the draft, the Chargers should be busy working the phones to find a good deal.
Here are a few options:
San Francisco 49ers: 7th overall
The trade rumors have been flying all offseason for QB Colin Kaepernick, so the 49ers were expected to be a major player in the QB carousel during the draft. At best, they can grab the third quarterback off the board, and while they’re in good position to do so at No. 7, there is a risk that another quarterback-needy team could leapfrog them into the top six. The other risk with the quarterback class in general is the available talent, as Memphis QB Paxton Lynch is the next-best option after Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, but Lynch profiles better as a second- or third-round prospect. But lacking a signal caller leads to desperate measures – as we’ve already seen this draft season – so it would not be surprising to see the 49ers make the move to secure Lynch.
New York Jets: 20th overall
The Jets may not have the draft ammo to make a big splash, but they have one trump card: Muhammad Wilkerson. One of the best interior defensive linemen in the league is a trade chip for the Jets, as a long-term deal may not be in the cards and last year’s first-round pick, Leonard Williams, has made the idea of parting with Wilkerson more reasonable.
We’ve been touting DeForest Buckner as the Chargers’ best fit for months, as their defensive line is among the league’s worst and Buckner is a perfect fit for their 3-4 scheme. Wilkerson is also a fit, perhaps more so given his established track record in the league. If the Jets are feeling bold, Wilkerson and draft picks could put them in position to net their quarterback of the future.
Jacksonville Jaguars: 5th overall
It’s not all about the quarterbacks as the Chargers stand to select the best non-QB in the draft and that should warrant interest from a number of teams in the top 10. This may be the most likely option for both the Jaguars and the Chargers. Among the top non-QBs it the draft – Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Laremy Tunsil – Ramsey is the best fit for the Jaguars, capable of playing as a cornerback in their scheme with a floor of playing a slot/free safety hybrid as a movable defensive chess piece.
The rest of the elite prospects would upgrade the Jaguars roster, but nothing like what Ramsey could do for that defense. The Jaguars should not risk losing out on Ramsey to either the Chargers or the Cowboys, both of which are distinct possibilities. As for the Chargers, Buckner is their best fit and a drop to No. 5 should still allow them to get their man if the Jaguars take Ramsey and the Cowboys would likely take Bosa, not Buckner, in that scenario. The cost to move for two picks should not be too steep for Jacksonville, making this perhaps the most realistic trade scenario for the No. 3 pick.