We are officially in draft week and who the LA Chargers select in the 2020 NFL Draft is going to shape the long-term future of the franchise. This draft is more important than previous years, as we could see the Chargers take the franchise quarterback of the future after the departure of Philip Rivers.
There are many different ways that this draft could go and many different prospects that the Chargers can select, making it one of the most exciting drafts in recent years.
In lieu of all the 2020 NFL Draft big boards, we decided to create our own top-six LA Chargers big board for the sixth overall pick. Bolt Beat writers ranked their top-six prospects for the sixth pick (automatically excluding Joe Burrow and Chase Young) and we created a comprehensive points system to bring you a composite big board.
Players that received votes but did not make the top-six include: Jordan Love, Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton and Derrick Brown.
LA Chargers composite big board: 6. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
- Total points: 5
Justin Herbert narrowly edged out Jordan Love with five total points compared to Love’s four to make the top-six big board.
Herbert is widely regarded as the third-best quarterback prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, although there is a big gap between one and two from Herbert. Herbert has quarterback size, an electric arm and fits the modern-day NFL to a tee as he can use his legs.
Mechanically, there is nothing to complain about with Herbert. Everything he does is mechanically sound, but his biggest strength is his biggest weakness.
Herbert did not show the ability at the collegiate level to improvise often and make plays happen when the number one or number two read breaks down. He absolutely has the arm talent and pocket presence to be a great NFL quarterback, he is just going to need to be in the right system to succeed.
Could he be great in Los Angeles? Absolutely. The Chargers have a ton of weapons and an improved offensive line. However, Herbert’s lack of that certain ‘it’ factor makes him less exciting of a prospect than the other five on this list.