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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NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 22: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Saints defeated the Titans 38-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 22: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Saints defeated the Titans 38-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Good quarterback play available elsewhere

The most likely scenario for the Chargers with the sixth pick as said earlier is selecting a quarterback. Frankly, though, this feels like a year where it may make more sense to go with free-agent targets or a bridge option. While it’s a stretch to say Herbert and Love are bad, it’s not a stretch to say both are long term projects.

Hebert has a nagging progressions problem and Love is coming off a season with 17 interceptions. That’s not to say they won’t be good, but getting an impact defensive talent with high upside just strikes me as smarter with the quarterback options available.

Whether it’s Tyrod Taylor, Tom Brady, or Teddy Bridgewater, many of the bridge quarterback options are pretty solid.

Are they the most dynamic quarterbacks? No. But, they are quality game managers who can lead efficient offenses without turning over the ball, which was a problem for Philip Rivers last year.

The quarterback of the future does have eventual importance. The Chargers are coming off unprecedented consistency at quarterback with a player in Rivers who played 220+ straight games. However, this isn’t exactly regarded as a high quality quarterback draft.

The 2021 class has Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields in top-five contention already with several other quarterbacks who have opportunities to play themselves into the first round.

Playing with Taylor for a year or a free-agent quarterback doesn’t seem like the worst idea if you’re able to select the first or second-best defensive player in the draft.

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