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LA Chargers debate: Justin Herbert vs Jordan Love

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up during pregame warm ups prior to the start of an NCAA football game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up during pregame warm ups prior to the start of an NCAA football game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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LA Chargers debate: Justin Herbert vs Jordan Love, final verdict

Ultimately this debate comes down to upside vs floor. I believe that Love has All-Pro potential as a quarterback, but I also know he’s more of a project than Herbert is. I believe Herbert can become a very solid starting quarterback in this league, but he’s safe and it feels like his upside is limited. I believe Love has the potential to be a franchise elevating player, whereas I believe that Herbert will need the right pieces around him to elevate him.

That’s a big difference, and many front offices are split on this very same topic. It’s what led the 49ers to draft Alex Smith instead of Aaron Rodgers, and what led the Chicago Bears to draft Mitch Trubisky instead of Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes. The Chargers’ front office seems to be very risk-averse under general manager Tom Telesco. If they had to choose one out of these two players, I think they would choose Herbert.

Personally, I would go in the other direction and honestly much of that has to do with the fact that the Chargers are going to have to face the best quarterback in the league in their division, for the next fifteen years.

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Drafting a quarterback, in general, is a crap-shoot, as we really never know which quarterbacks are going to pan out or not. If I’m taking one of these two quarterbacks, I’ll take the guy with higher upside who could possibly become someone who is capable of going toe-to-toe with Mahomes for the next decade-plus.

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