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LA Chargers take Justin Herbert with first pick in February 2020 mock draft

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a four yard touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the first quarter in the Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a four yard touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the first quarter in the Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks runs to the huddle during the first quarter of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020, in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks runs to the huddle during the first quarter of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020, in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

With Philip Rivers officially departing the Los Angeles Chargers to test free agency, the team looks to the future for Justin Herbert in this February 2020 mock draft.

Back in January, I did my first mock draft of 2020 for Bolt Beat, which you can find here. Before moving onto February, it’s interesting to see how much that mock changed over the last month.

First, from some scouting and analyst criticism, Andrew Thomas has plummeted from a top-five to ten pick to a late first-round selection. He was selected to the Chargers in last month’s mock with the sixth pick.

Other offensive lineman like Jedrick Wills, Mekhi Becton, and Tristan Wirfs have all usurped him. Going through multiple mocks, all three were consistently picked over Thomas.

Some other changes include my fifth-round pick Thomas Graham Jr. deciding to return to Oregon and Leki Fotu going from a third-round projection to more of a fourth-round guy. It’s always interesting to see how draft stocks go up and down, and I’m sure when I do a mock in March, the NFL combine and interviews will change a lot for player rankings.

Completing the mock draft was done through The Draft Network’s mock draft machine. The main needs for the Chargers, in order of importance, included quarterback, offensive line, cornerback, running back, wide receiver, linebacker, tight end, and interior defensive line.

Round 1, Pick 6: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

A couple of things have changed since the first draft, specifically in reference to Herbert. His stock has inflated, as most top quarterback stocks do prior to the draft.

The big domino that officially fell was the announced departure of Philip Rivers. Not having Rivers has boosted the chances in my view that the Chargers will spend their top pick on a quarterback.

The front office can wax on about Tyrod Taylor as they please, but whatever the setup is, a draft or free-agent quarterback is on the horizon.

Justin Herbert has his flaws. The progressions do need improvement. However, there isn’t a strong likelihood that Herbert would need to do very much from the beginning. Plus, a Taylor-Herbert quarterback room might be exactly what Anthony Lynn wants. Lynn has let his philosophy on mobile quarterbacks been known before.

Herbert did get better every year at Oregon. There are some awesome clips and mental plays that show his mental processing being top-notch, even if the progressions leave something to be desired. He’s got the mobility and some awesome intangibles. The Chargers get their quarterback of the future at six.

Oregon QB Justin Herbert pump fakes, looks off the safety and then delivers a strike for a TD #NFLDraft #OregonDucks pic.twitter.com/sLPHQQM63R

— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) February 16, 2020

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