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LA Chargers: Why drafting Jalen Hurts is more realistic than you think

DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

For the first time in over a decade and a half, the LA Chargers are going to have a changing of the guard at the quarterback position as Philip Rivers is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Luckily for the Chargers, this is a great offseason to undergo this change.

The 2020 NFL Draft is deeper at quarterback than previous years and there was a robust quarterback free-agent market, although the Chargers were not active on that market. However, with Cam Newton and Jameis Winston still available, anything can happen.

As we head into the 2020 NFL Draft, there are three quarterbacks that fans are talking about as potential selections for the LA Chargers.

Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love are the three quarterbacks that have been debated the most among Charger fans and which quarterback the team ends up with depends on the first five picks in the draft.

It might seem like a guarantee that the Chargers are going to get one of those three guys, but that is not the case. The NFL Draft is always full of surprises and perhaps this first virtual NFL Draft could provide a big surprise for the Chargers: drafting Jalen Hurts.

Hurts was one of the biggest names in college football last season but is not a highly-touted quarterback like those three. He will likely be a mid-round selection, either going in the third or fourth round.

A lot of Charger fans are probably grimacing at the idea of the team drafting Hurts, and while I am not necessarily arguing for it, I do think the chances of Hurts being in powder blue next season is higher than most realize.

Here’s why.

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