The Chargers have the most at stake of all NFL teams in this draft. This draft could set the stage for the new-look Chargers for many years to come, so let’s look at all possible scenarios:
Scenario 1 – Chargers stay at pick #6
In this situation, it is assumed that Isaiah Simmons, Tua Tagovailoa, and Joe Burrow have been selected already.
With the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select: Justin Herbert.
The Chargers get a proven young talent at QB, who fits Coach Lynn’s dual threat preference. Herbert is a 6’6” QB out of Oregon, and his potential is off-the-charts, a speedy QB with great height. This is the likely situation the Chargers are put in.
Scenario 2 – Chargers trade up to pick #3
In this situation, it is assumed that Joe Burrow, and Chase Young have been selected already.
With the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select: Tua Tagovailoa.
The Chargers get an elite college quarterback in Tagovailoa, but the only risk here is health. Barring injury, Tua would be in contention for the #1 pick. It is rumored that the Redskins plan to roll Haskins at QB, so drafting Tua wouldn’t make sense for new head coach Ron Rivera.
Scenario 3 – Chargers trade down with Indianapolis to pick #13
With the thirteenth overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select: Jordan Love.
Chargers get a very high-potential QB with this selection. Love has proven to have great mobility, good arm strength, but has struggled with accuracy. Love could be behind Taylor for a season, to improve as a player.
Scenario 4 – Chargers trade up with Cincinnati to pick #1
With the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select: Joe Burrow.
This is definitely the least likely scenario to occur, but we can’t rule anything out. Chargers address their QB need with the best available. Burrow led the Tigers to a National Championship, and is the no-brainer at #1.
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