The Kansas City Chiefs made a statement to the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday that they were getting better. Tackle Orlando Brown was picked up in a trade that will shore up any questions the Chiefs had at tackle.
And the Chargers, well, they will get one chance to make a statement right back that they are making a move to unseat them from the AFC West throne. That one chance will be the 13th pick on day one of the NFL Draft. The Chargers need to fill that one spot that will help the golden child quarterback Justin Herbert rub shoulders with Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs got that solid tackle to help Mahomes, and the Chargers need a tackle to help Herbert. So, the only question at 13 is simple – A corner.
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The Brown trade was a huge statement offensively for the Chiefs and the only answer for the Chargers is to stop Mahomes. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco and defensive wonder-mind head coach Brandon Staley need to fill that corner spot with a certain starting rooking that is going to make an immediate revelation to a quarterback that is now going to be better protected and corner that can play with the likes of Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson.
If history is any indication for the Chargers to be able to use the draft to answer back, Telesco is the only GM since Bobby Beathard to be able to do that. The Chargers need that missing left tackle to protect Hubert, and of course, Oregon’s Penei Sewel, Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater, or Christian Darrisaw is that 13th pick they need.
Surtain II was in on 662 press coverage snaps
But the most talented corner in quite some time, Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II, could be available at 13. That tackle the Chargers need can get a possible second-round steal in Walker Little of Stanford or Dillon Radunz of North Dakota State.
A great question is how close is the talent of all the left tackles versus a huge press coverage corner like Surtain and the rest of the corner talent on the board? The best player available at 13 for Staley’s first draft as a head coach is probably an even better question. Slow Patrick or protect Justin is the ultimate question.