Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Best and worst-case scenarios for picks 1-5

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers shouts instructions to his team in the first quarter aginst the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers shouts instructions to his team in the first quarter aginst the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

After a disappointing 5-11 season, the LA Chargers have the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. This is the third time in the last five years that the Chargers have drafted in the top-seven in the draft order and with a solid roster, could be the last time for quite some time.

While it was painful to watch the team beat itself nearly every week, there is a silver lining to losing 11 games in 2019. The franchise is in a transition period at the quarterback position and it is easier to replace Philip Rivers with the sixth overall pick than the 21st overall pick.

The timing is also great as this year’s draft class is much better than last year’s, where Drew Lock (albeit talented) was the second-best quarterback in the class. Justin Herbert could have made the case for going first overall last year over Kyler Murray and is the consensus third-best quarterback in the draft class.

While the LA Chargers appear to be set up perfectly, there is one caveat: who the team selects is largely dependent on who is taken in the first five picks.

Some teams early in the draft already know, for the most part, which prospect or position they are going to target and there is not a lot of room for variance. For the LA Chargers, though, there are so many options at six based solely on the team’s strategy in the draft and who is available.

Do they go best overall? Wait until later in the draft to select a quarterback? It all depends on who is selected in the top-five picks. We break down the best possible first five picks for the Bolts as well as the worst-case scenario.

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