LA Chargers Mock Draft: Team goes all offense, trades back into first round
By Jason Reed
*Trade alert: The LA Chargers send the 37th overall pick, a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for the 18th overall pick.
With the 18th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
We had no plans of trading up in this draft as we have already done a similar draft where the team trades back into the first round for Jordan Love. However, with Justin Herbert still on the board with the 18th pick, we decided to move up and snag the franchise quarterback of the future.
Using Pro Football References draft pick value chart as long as historical examples, we came across a trade package that we deemed fair, realistic and one that the computer accepted in the draft simulation. As a result, the Chargers move up 19 spots to get Herbert.
Some Charger fans love Herbert, some love Jordan Love. Personally, my best-case scenario for the Chargers would be Tua Tagovailoa, but he did not fall in the draft.
Love has a higher potential ceiling than Herbert but he also has more question marks. He had questionable mechanics at Utah State that need to improve and did not make the best defensive reads or throwing decisions.
Herbert is one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks that we have seen in recent years. He certainly has the stature of a franchise quarterback, has the rocket arm of a pocket passer but is able to allude the pressure and pick up first downs with his legs.
Lance Zierlien of NFL.com compares him to Carson Wentz, which really is the perfect NFL comparison for Herbert.
He was one of the best quarterback prospects last year and could have realistically gone first overall over Kyler Muray. However, the one downfall of Herbert is that he seems to lack that “it” factor.
While Tua or Love (at his best) can make things happen and put the team on their back, we have not seen that ability to improvise enough out of Herbert.
I don’t like the idea of drafting Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick, but if the Chargers can get a tackle and sneak back into the first then it would be great for the team.