Chargers Draft

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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. The quarterbacks might not go as expected

The expectation heading into the 2020 NFL Draft is that two teams are going to select a quarterback ahead of the LA Chargers — the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins. However, we might need to be adding another team to that list as well.

It was reported on Monday that the Detroit Lions interviewed both Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa and is potentially interested in either quarterback. That obviously throws a huge wrench in things, as then both Tua and Herbert would go before the Chargers.

That leaves Jordan Love, which might seem like a reasonable selection for the Chargers to make with the sixth overall pick. However, with the Lions taking a quarterback, it would guarantee that either Isaiah Simmons or Jeffrey Okudah (or both) will be available.

Instead of selecting Love 10-15 spots higher than he should go, the Chargers might be too enticed by the prospect of adding Simmons or Okudah to an already stellar defense.

The problem with this plan is that there is no way Love falls to the second round and while the Chargers could trade back into the first round, Love will be the best remaining quarterback on the board and might go too early for the team to select.

While the team also could just bite the bullet and select Love with the sixth overall pick (which I admittedly would not love), if the Lions select a quarterback third overall, it is hard for me to see the Chargers take a quarterback with the sixth pick.

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