LA Chargers: Complete mock draft with the Lions taking a quarterback

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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The expectation heading into the 2020 NFL Draft is that either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert will be available to the LA Chargers with the sixth overall pick. While fans are split on who to select (throwing Jordan Love into the mix as well), the expectation is that two quarterbacks will be selected in the first five picks.

That might not be the case, however, as the Detroit Lions have thrown their name into the quarterback hat as the team interviewed both Tua and Herbert and potentially could be interested in either signal-caller.

That would change everything for the Chargers as it would be taking an option away from the team and could potentially take away the team’s creativity in either moving up or down in the draft.

Under the assumption that the Lions take either Herbert or Tua, and the Dolphins take the other, here is our latest seven-round mock draft using FanSpeak’s On the Clock Mock Draft Simulator.

With the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

I do not love the idea of selecting Jordan Love as high as six in the draft. While I recognize that he has a lot of potential because of his arm strength and sheer athleticism, six is a bit of a reach for him.

I have no problem with the team taking Love if they believe in his potential and think they can fix some of the mechanical issues and decision making. Remember: Patrick Mahomes does not have the best mechanics, either.

I just know that if the Lions don’t select a quarterback then Love would probably fall to at least the mid-first round if the Chargers did not take Herbert. In that situation, the team could get creative, take the best available with the sixth pick and move back into the first to draft Love.

Or, they could trade down, select Love and then stack up on draft capital. Either would work for the Chargers.

In this situation, though, the Chargers cannot afford to not select Love with the sixth pick as he would be the best quarterback remaining and there would be some team that jumps on him before the first round ends.

A lot of Charger fans really like Jordan Love and he might be their choice even if Herbert or Tua is available. That is fine, I just do not like the restrictions it puts on the team.