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Why the San Diego Chargers traded up to pick Melvin Gordon

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After months of talking, scouting reports, red flags and trade rumours, the 2015 NFL Draft got underway last night.

Whilst we didn't get to see any mental trades from the Philadelphia Eagles or Cleveland Browns, who were rumoured to be offering everything and the kitchen sink for Marcus Mariota, we did see some trade action.

One of those involved the San Diego Chargers, who made the odd decision to move up just two spots in order to select Melvin Gordon.

Scared of Houston

The Chargers gave up their 2015 fourth-rounder and 2016 fifth-rounder to the San Francisco 49ers in order to make the jump from 16 to 14, which has left a lot of people scratching their heads. 

So why did the Chargers give up so much just to move a couple of places? Well apparently they were scared of the Houston Texans. According to a report from ProFootballTalk, the Chargers seemed convinced that the Texans would steal Gordon from them, so jumped in front of the AFC South side.

But it is a mystery why the Chargers were so sure that Houston were going to be in for Gordon. None of the analysts or NFL reporters that come to mind had reported anything on the Texans holding a strong interest in Gordon.

And why would they want to? Houston can already boast Arian Foster as their number one running back, arguably the most underrated back in the entire National Football League.

Foster recorded 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014, proving himself to be pretty much the entirety of the Texans offense, causing chaos on the ground and catching passes.

According to Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco however, the decision was completely justified by his reasoning as Gordon was apparently the last of the seven “impact players” they had targeted in the entire draft.

“He’s an exciting, electric football player,” Telesco said, according to U-T San Diego. “We need him and more guys like that. … You don’t like to give away picks, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get an impact player. It’s a tough decision.”

The Chargers are now left with an NFL low, five picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. For a team that needs real improvement to become a playoff contender, this will not help. But having Melvin Gordon lining up definitely improves their offense.

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