The Los Angeles Chargers have had some big changes happen since the season ended. The biggest being the release of Philip Rivers, their long time quarterback. Heading into the 2020 Draft with the 6th overall pick, the quarter back position is a need that the Chargers are looking to fill.
With The 6th Overall Pick, Should The Chargers Trade Rr Stay?
Sitting with the 6th Overall pick, the Chargers find themselves in a position that quite frankly works well in what ever decision they decide to make. Looking at NFL mock drafts pre-combine, the Chargers are predicted with the 6th pick to draft Justin Herbert from Oregon. Post combine the Chargers are predicted to draft Jordan Love from Utah State. The Chargers other option would be to trade up and draft Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama.
Free Agency rumors continue to swirl that the Chargers are eyeing Teddy Bridgewater of the New Orelans Saints, and possibly Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. The Chargers are looking to solidify a need at quarterback that can help in turning the team around, and in making a push for an AFC playoff run.
Being in a tough Los Angeles market, where it seems like their fan base is non-existent, the acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater would bring life into an offense that struggled with turn-overs and inconsistencies.
The acquisition of Tom Brady would be a franchise-changing acquisition for the Chargers. Brady would bring fans into a franchise that is struggling for fan support, and be the game manager that the Chargers need to get them into the playoffs and maybe Super Bowl contention.
The Chargers do have Tyrod Taylor on the roster and he is signed through 2020. Taylor gives the Chargers a proven NFL starter already on roster, and is primed to become the new starter and signal caller if the Chargers decide not to pursue either Bridgewater or Brady in free agency.
Depending on what the Chargers do in free agency with either Bridgewater or Brady, I say the Chargers should trade up and draft Tua Tagovailoa. Tua would be the ideal draft choice for the Chargers, as he is a potential franchise quarterback when healthy.
If the Chargers decide to stay with current backup and now potential starter Tyrod Taylor, it would give Tua a year if not more to heal completely and learn behind an already proven NFL quarterback, but if needed, Tua would be the best option as a rookie to help turn this team around.
If the Chargers do decide to stay at 6, many mocks have them projected to take Justin Herbert out of Oregon.
Herbert is also a big talented quarterback, that can pass the ball from the pocket and on the move. He would fit well into the Chargers system.
Due to the fact that Herbert is a rookie that could potentially be a starter, there could be a possibility of a quarterback controversy with Taylor, but as they say, competition breeds excellence. Herbert could use some improvement with his passing game and ball placement, as well as field presence.
Jordan Love, the Utah State quarterback, saw his stock rise after a nice performance at the combine. NFL post-combine predictions now show Love being drafted to the Chargers at 6. Love has a tall frame with a good arm and was more of an intermediate passer in college. He can develop a deep ball with touch but can use some work on his pocket and field mechanics.
Love has the potential to maybe be a starter as a incoming rookie quarterback. He would probably do better sitting as backup for a year than starting out of the gate, but if needed, he could do the job.