LA Chargers: Grading every possible first round pick

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(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

With the sixth pick, the LA Chargers select…

879. . Linebacker. Isaiah Simmons. 6

The likeliest first-round pick is a quarterback. However, if Simmons is still on the board at six, the Chargers at least have to give it thought. He’s the most dynamic defensive talent in this draft in my opinion, and he addresses a key need at linebacker.

The thought of pairing Derwin James with Simmons is almost just too good to pass up.  Both are do-it-all defensive players who can fit in any scheme. Simmons can line up inside the box, at corner, on the defensive line, and at safety. While he’s listed at linebacker, he can do a whole lot more.

What the Chargers don’t have right now is a great coverage linebacker. Simmons had a career 92.5 coverage grade in college. That solves most of your problems there. In his final season at Clemson, he also eclipsed 100 tackles. Per reception in coverage, Simmons allowed just six yards per catch.

The Chargers made the decision to released Thomas Davis in the offseason. It’s clear at this point that the number one linebacker role is up for grabs. Kyzir White and Drue Tranquill are young talents who could break out. Going even further in fortifying the position with Simmons’ unique coverage ability just feels like a great idea.

Now is the part of the article where I’m supposed to describe some of the weaknesses that Simmons has as a prospect. He’s one of the few prospects in this draft that has no weaknesses. His athleticism was off the charts at the combine.

He’s got great coverage and tenacity as a linebacker. Simmons can play every position. If he’s available at six, it isn’t a question on who the best player available is, even if the Chargers decide to take a quarterback.

Grade: A+