With the sixth pick, the LA Chargers select…
Love is one of the most polarizing prospects of the draft, and for good reason. His dominant 2018 and some of his elite throws and instincts have some draft experts and fans high on him. However, others will point to his subpar 2019 season where he did throws 17 interceptions with a pretty high interceptable pass rate.
In a way, both sides are right. Whether a team is comfortable drafting him or not is all about if they feel his weaknesses are workable. Personally, the upside of Love appeals to me more than the safeness of the Hebert pick.
However, draft picks are also about value. While Love wouldn’t be a huge overdraft at six considering it’s very possible he won’t make it past pick 15 or so, he probably still would be a relative overdraft in comparison to some of the other picks listed here.
What’s true with the selection of Herbert is also true with Love. Both are projects who likely won’t start at any point in their rookie years, barring Taylor getting hurt or the Chargers’ season going sideways. Given the stacked roster, the latter is currently unlikely as of now.
There’s no doubt the interceptable pass rate is concerning. One does have to consider the fact that he did play at Utah State though. On the pro level, he’ll have better weapons. Another fact to consider is that Love lost his coach, offensive coordinator, and nine offensive starters heading into last season. There’s risk in picking him, but also some rationale and reasons for optimism.