3. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Jalen Hurts is a big-name so naturally, there are fans of the LA Chargers that want to see the team forego a quarterback early in the draft and select Hurts in the mid-rounds. This would allow the team to draft the best available with the first overall pick and still get the quarterback of the future.
More from Bolt Beat
- LA Chargers: 3 early takeaways from 2021 minicamp thus far
- LA Chargers: Drue Tranquill takes a jab at Gus Bradley’s defense
- LA Chargers second-year players: Nothing lose and a lot to gain
- LA Chargers: Why running back could be a big issue for the Bolts
- LA Chargers: Chris Rumph’s upside is Melvin Ingram-like, but better
Hurts is seemingly the perfect quarterback to bring into what the Chargers already have as well. He is a mobile quarterback, which is the change of pace that the Chargers need, and would be similar enough to Tyrod Taylor to easily take over the offense after one season under Taylor’s guidance.
He is not too good of a prospect where you cannot justify him sitting for a year and as a mid-round pick, there could be more potential for him to blossom. If you look at the recent history of quarterbacks, more quarterbacks outside the top-10 breakout than quarterbacks in the top-10 pan out.
However, there are some concerns about Hurts that cannot be ignored, despite his big name. First of all, his numbers are going to naturally be inflated playing in the Big-12 and even against poor defenses, Hurts did not showcase the best decision-making.
He has a good-enough arm and is not fairly inaccurate but his in-game reads, especially against NFL defenses, is going to be the biggest hurdle he has to get over. He has the athleticism to extend plays and make things happen but his pre-snap reads and pocket presence lead much more to be desired.
Of course, these are things that could be picked up in one year as a backup quarterback, which furthers drives home the point that Hurts would be a good fit in LA.
Quite honestly, I would rather the team take a risk and trade up for his former teammate, Tua Tagovailoa, or even drafted Justin Herbert or Jordan Love, even if it means trading down in the draft.
I will say, Jalen Hurts has New England Patriots written all over him.