LA Chargers: The case against selecting a quarterback with the sixth pick
By Jason Reed
1. The team could be better off taking the best available
And by the best available I mean Isaiah Simmons.
It might not necessarily mean Simmons but he is a freak of nature and is one of those early-first-round prospects that you know right away is going to be a future Pro Bowler and All-Pro. Think Darius Leonard and Derwin James from two years ago.
Simmons is similar to James in that he can literally play anywhere on the field. He has the size and athleticism to be a menacing punisher in the middle of the field while being quick enough to line up at slot corner if need be. Simmons and James would be the most dynamic defensive duo in the league.
There is a pretty decent chance that Simmons will be on the board. We already know that Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa are going to occupy two of the first five spots, Chase Young the third, leaving one spot for Simmons.
And if Simmons is taken by the Detroit Lions or New York Giants then there will be another great “best available” prospect in Jeffrey Okudah. Okudah is the best cornerback prospect in the draft and has all the makings of a future CB1. Right away, he would be the perfect CB2 on the Chargers alongside Casey Hayward with Chris Harris in the slot.
Either way, there is going to be an elite prospect available for the team to select over a quarterback.