Why the Chargers can’t pass on a first-round quarterback

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ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: A video board displays the text “ON THE CLOCK” for the Los Angeles Chargers during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

With the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select…

Will the name on that card read by commissioner Roger Goodell be a quarterback? It absolutely should be.

In the team’s 60-year history, the Chargers have selected a quarterback just three times. That’s it. Two of those should immediately come to mind in Eli Manning (who vowed to never play for the team and was then traded) and Ryan Leaf.

Before the team chose Leaf at No. 2 overall in 1998, the last time it took a quarterback in the first round was all the way back in 1969 with a guy named Marty Domres.

It’s time for the Chargers to take a quarterback in the first round and there are several reasons why.

There are plenty of fans out there who would love to see the team take a player such as Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson or Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah. This is not to say that either of them would be a bad pick, because both look like defensive studs, but the right pick for the team to make is at the quarterback position.

The Chargers simply can’t pass on a quarterback in the first round this year. Here’s why:

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