Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Isaiah Simmons needs to be the sixth pick

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Isaiah Simmons #11 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Isaiah Simmons #11 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 27: Isaiah Simmons #LB34 of the Clemson Tigers speaks to the media on day three of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 27: Isaiah Simmons #LB34 of the Clemson Tigers speaks to the media on day three of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Isaiah Simmons continued his ascent up draft boards with his combine performance on Saturday. Despite the need for a quarterback, the LA Chargers need to select him at six.

Most mock drafts have the Chargers taking a quarterback with the sixth pick. Other drafts have offensive linemen. The common selections you’ll see at six in most recent mock drafts include the likes of Justin Herbert and Jordan Love at quarterback. Other drafts want the Chargers to bolster the offensive line in the first round, with picks like Jedrick Wills and Andrew Thomas.

For full disclosure, my belief at the moment is that the Chargers will select Herbert with the sixth pick. My most recent mock draft went into more detail on that. However, while the appeal of taking a quarterback can be exciting for fans and analysts, the smart play for the team is to take the best player available. At six, that would be Clemson linebacker, Isaiah Simmons.

Currently, Simmons fittingly sits at six on The Draft Network’s prospect rankings. In most mocks, he goes between picks four and nine, usually closer to the latter. Barring the New York Giants taking him, which seems currently unlikely, he’ll be there for the Chargers if they want him. In the same prospect rankings, Herbert and Love are ranked 15 and 37 respectively.

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