Potential trades keep the 2015 NFL draft storylines churning. Here's one way a trade-modified Round 1 could turn out.
Potential trades keep the draft storylines churning, and there are certainly a number of interesting options this year. Perhaps the most prominent trade rumor involves Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who is said to be opposed to his team's potential move to Los Angeles. Right now, Rivers has one year left on his current deal, and he's reportedly refused to discuss an extension in any serious sense. Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson told the NFL Network on Tuesday that he doesn't think Rivers will stay with the Chargers past the 2015 season.
"You never want to trade your franchise quarterback," Tomlinson said. “You know that's never the case. However, in this situation, they might have no choice but to do so. Because I don't know if Philip [Rivers] wants to be there anymore. I think he has lost confidence in the organization. He's seen a lot of changes going on and the L.A. thing is valid. Him not wanting to go to L.A. is very valid."
If that is the case, the smart play for the Chargers would be to get as much as possible for Rivers, who is a perennial MVP candidate, and move along with their next potential franchise quarterback. To that end, in this mock draft, we're projecting a trade between the Chargers and Titans that sends Rivers and San Diego's 17th overall pick in exchange for Tennessee's second overall selection. This move would reunite Rivers with Titans head coach and former San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, whom Rivers credits with resuscitating his career, and would allow the Chargers to move forward with perhaps the most intriguing quarterback prospect in this draft class.
Here's one way that trade-modified first round could turn out ...