The LA Chargers might not select with the sixth pick if a quarterback of choice is not on the board.
The LA Chargers have an opportunity to get a new franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL draft, but they might be just one pick too late to get one of the top two options.
Although evaluators differ in their opinions, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa are the two clear top-tier quarterbacks of this draft. Unfortunately for the Chargers, there are two teams (the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins) in need of a quarterback ahead of them.
Thus, barring a trade into a higher draft position (which is unlikely, as the Dolphins could easily outbid the Chargers with their massive wealth of draft picks), it appears unlikely that the Chargers will be able to get one of the top two quarterbacks (assuming the Dolphins like Tagovailoa, which they should).
While the presumed next two quarterbacks certainly have the potential to be NFL starters, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love both have flaws and probably are not worth the sixth overall pick.
This leaves the Chargers with two options if they want one of Herbert or Love: 1) They can overdraft a quarterback at six or 2) They can attempt to trade back and take one of the pair later.
Many fans understandably like the second option best. The Chargers could take capitalize on the value of the number six overall pick, but they can still score their quarterback of the future.
But this scenario requires both participation from another team and the quarterbacks to fall in the draft to work. This article outlines some partners – both likely and unlikely – that the Chargers could work with to trade back as well as the compensation that they could expect in a trade. Examining these options could provide some clarity on how likely a trade back for a quarterback could be.