The 2020 Los Angeles Chargers will begin the post Philip Rivers era as the longtime Chargers signal-caller is no longer with the club. In 2019, Los Angeles finished the regular season last in the AFC West with a record of 5-11. Most football analysts believe the Chargers will select a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday. However, Los Angeles has other holes it needs to fill that would be helped by choosing a top player with their pick in the first round including an offensive tackle, linebacker and defensive tackle.
Although selecting a player for any of those three positions would make sense for the Chargers, Los Angeles needs a new quarterback and one that will be the future signal-caller of the team. Everyone expects Joe Burrow to be selected first overall in the draft and many feel Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will also be chosen before Los Angeles picks at number six.
Since Burrow and Tagovailoa are not likely to be available, the Chargers are expected to choose between Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert and Utah State Aggies quarterback Jordan Love. Although the quarterback class for 2021 is very strong, it does not make any sense for the Chargers to wait and select their franchise quarterback next year as there is no guarantee the Chargers will have as high a pick in 2021 as they do now.
By drafting a quarterback such as Oregon’s Herbert, the Chargers get a prototype NFL QB thanks to being 6-foot-6 with arm strength and mobility. Herbert is very accurate and known for being able to read coverage and thread the ball through tight coverage. Herbert is expected to have a very long and successful NFL career.
However, if Hebert it's not available and the Chargers decide not to select Love, Los Angeles will likely pick an offensive lineman such as Jedrick Wills, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Andrew Thomas. Each of those four players would become an instant starter on the Chargers offensive line and would protect the Blind Side of current starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Although in the end, the Chargers will select Justin Herbert with the No. 6 overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft.