LA Chargers starting quarterback option: 4. Justin Herbert
It goes without saying, just like with Love and Hurts, Herbert would only be the team’s starting quarterback if Taylor played poorly or was hurt. However, I will say that I think he has a better chance of winning the job during training camp than the other two, although it is still unlikely.
I do like Herbert more than Love or Hurts, but just marginally. It still would feel like a bit of a stretch to pick him at six and I would rather see the team take Simmons or Okudah. However, if they could move back in the draft to get more capital or trade back into the first to get Herbert then I would not mind the selection.
Herbert seemingly has all of the traits to be a successful quarterback. He has a great arm, displayed great pocket presence at Oregon, has the size and build of an NFL quarterback and can use his legs when needed, similar to Love.
His numbers last season were solid as well. He completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 3,471 yards with 32 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He was helped by having more talent around him and better coaching, but he made some really good throws.
There is something about Herbert that is hard to get around, though. He just lacks that ‘it’ factor and I am not confident that he could be someone who could take over the offense and make things happen in a crucial spot of the game.
He very well seems like someone who would be fantastic in the right system (looking at you, Bill Belichick). I am just not completely sold if that system is the Chargers.