Chargers will get to watch Justin Herbert throw at combine
By Travis Wakeman
It is time for the annual scouting combine as representatives and scouts for all 32 NFL teams will descend upon Indianapolis.
The prospects are already in Indianapolis and measurements for the prospects have been taken. Soon, the on-the-field drills will commence.
For the LA Chargers, one of the players the team will presumably be most interested in will be quarterback Justin Herbert, a player the Chargers have been linked to all offseason.
At 6-foot-6, Herbert is the tallest quarterback at the combine. Generally, the top quarterback prospects often opt to not throw at the combine and choose to wait until their pro day, when they are throwing passes to guys they are familiar with in a place they are familiar with.
Tua Tagovailoa won’t throw at the combine due to injury and Joe Burrow, likely the No.1 overall choice in the draft, is not expected to throw either.
But Herbert appears to be going the other route and is expected to throw at the combine.
That will make the Chargers, who hold the No. 6 overall pick, interested onlookers. Jordan Love and Jacob Eason also plan to throw when the drills start on Thursday.
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The Chargers could be entertaining the idea of drafting a quarterback in the first round for the first time since 2004 and just the fourth time in team history. It would be a move foreign to general manager Tom Telesco, who has drafted just two late-round quarterbacks in his entire tenure with the team.
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But that is also because he has had Philip Rivers that entire time, giving him the luxury to look at other positions. In a good quarterback draft, Telesco has to be considering it this year.
There is a growing number of mock drafts available that have the Chargers taking Herbert in the first round, including this one. He seems to be the guy that could be there when the Chargers come on the clock after Burrow most likely goes to Cincinnati and then there is a scramble to obtain Tagovailoa by a team like the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions or perhaps a surprise team that trades up.
Herbert still has a lot to do to earn the trust of Chargers fans, but throwing the ball well at the combine is a good place to start.