Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Six 2020 NFL Draft predictions for key positions

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 13: Patrick Queen #8 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a defensive stop against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff National Championship held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 13: Patrick Queen #8 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a defensive stop against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff National Championship held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

While it’s hard to predict which specific players the LA Chargers will select, it’s easier to take a guess at when and how they’ll fill positions.

With the draft just three days away, the sixth pick is still uncertain for the LA Chargers. It will all depend on the five picks in front of them unless they decide to trade up. The whole draft may be slightly more clear if looked at by position instead of specific players.

Prediction #1: The quarterback of the future will be taken with the sixth pick.

Perhaps this one has been obvious for a few months with the departure of Philip Rivers, but Tom Telesco has been fairly quiet. While it’s possible that the Chargers decide to go for Isaiah Simmons or one of the other highly regarded defensive prospects, they don’t know if or when they’ll be picking this high in the draft again.

Expect the Chargers to stay at number six. While there’s talk about them trading up with Detroit or New York, it ultimately doesn’t feel like they have enough draft capital to beat Miami up the board. This probably limits the choices to the main two quarterbacks that have been discussed recently-Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa.

Over the last week or two, Herbert being selected at five by Miami is an idea that’s gained a lot of traction. It’s hard to know whether that’s a conveniently planted Tagovailoa smoke screen, or whether they legitimately have questions about his durability. Despite Miami’s interest in Herbert, the Chargers have still been connected to him in many mock drafts.

Personally, Tagovailoa is my preferred option over Herbert. On the other hand, having Herbert sit for a year or so behind Tyrod Taylor doesn’t seem bad either, especially with the stacked roster that the team has. While there’s an outside chance at someone like Jordan Love coming into the picture, it feels like the future of the Chargers will be defined by which quarterback falls to them.

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