Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Grading the 2020 NFL Draft after one season

Jan 3, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Sixth overall pick Justin Herbert: A+

Should have drafted instead: N/A

The LA Chargers found their franchise quarterback just a month after the previous franchise quarterback signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Justin Herbert blew all of our expectations out of the water en route to arguably the greatest season by a rookie quarterback of all-time.

Most outlets were low on Herbert heading into the draft and while we were optimistic, even we refrained from getting too excited. Herbert needed to make improvements from his college tape to the NFL to be successful and that is exactly what he did.

There are still those that not giving Herbert the credit he deserves (*cough* PFF), discounting his rookie season because his numbers under pressure were too good and seemingly unsustainable.

Regardless, the fact of the matter is that rookie quarterbacks often get better as they get more snaps under their belt (wild idea, I know) and if Herbert was this good despite his circumstances this season then the chances of him taking some big step back are slim.

It could happen (just look at Carson Wentz), but I think most football fans are optimistic about Herbert. You just have to watch the kid play and you know that he has the it factor.

The LA Chargers got their franchise quarterback and avoided a quarterback carousel. Now, a Super Bowl in the next five years does not seem as far-fetched as it did 12 months ago.

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