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It's rare that teams can change their entire draft outlook by trading away a third-stringer, but that's exactly what the Chargers did this offseason when they dealt restricted free-agent QB Charlie Whitehurst to Seattle. In exchange for Whitehurst, who hasn't thrown a pass in his four-year career and was never going to play while buried on the depth chart behind Philip Rivers and Billy Volek, San Diego moved up 20 spots in the second round of this year's draft and picked up a third-rounder in 2011. In swinging this move, GM A.J. Smith instantly made the Bolts major players in the '10 draft, giving them the 28th and 40th picks overall. And thanks to an earlier deal sending CB Antonio Cromartie to the Jets, Smith also now has three third-round selections in '11. From what we hear, the Chargers, who have glaring holes at running back and nose tackle, could use this bevy of picks to trade up in April's draft in the hope of filling one or both of these needs early on.
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