What makes the 2020 NFL Draft so intriuging for the Los Angeles Chargers is that the team could go a multitude of ways. The Chargers could stay put with the sixth overall pick, could move up in the draft or could even move down in the draft.
The one thing we know for certain is that the team is probably going to select a quarterback, although it might not come with the sixth overall pick. With Tyrod Taylor slated to start and the possibility of Cam Newton, the Chargers, as they have done before, could simply take the best available with the sixth overall pick.
That does not stop them from adding a quarterback, however. The team has the capital to move back into the first round and could land a pretty popular name that has a very high ceiling — Jordan Love.
Using FanSpeak’s On the Clock Mock Draft simulator, we conducted an entire draft where the Chargers land both promising linebacker Isaiah Simmons and quarterback Jordan Love. Without further ado, let’s get into the picks.
With the sixth overall pick, the LA Chargers select: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
So what makes Isaiah Simmons so special and worth using the sixth-round pick over, say, an offensive tackle?
Simmons is a freak athlete that can play anywhere on the field. While he played outside linebacker primarily at Clemson, he could legitimately play linebacker, safety, slot corner and defensive end with ease in the NFL.
He is blazing fast, representing this new wave of fast linebackers, is an excellent open-field tackler and is great in pass coverage. He is one of those prospects, similar to Derwin James when he came out of college, that we all know is going to undoubtedly be a Pro Bowler.
So how will he fall to six? Well, positional needs for teams. The Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins need quarterbacks and will snag Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa, most likely. The Washington Redskins cannot pass up on the best prospect in the draft, Chase Young, and the Lions would be better off drafting Jeff Okudah to bolster the secondary.
The only concern is the New York Giants, but they would be better off drafting an offensive tackle.
That leaves Simmons at six for the Los Angeles Chargers and in a defense that is already so versatile, Simmons would fit like a glove. Sure, it might not be a massive need for the Chargers, but the team would be kicking itself to see Simmons thriving somewhere else.