Who Should the Los Angeles Chargers Draft First in 2020?

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| April 22, 2020 7:39 am PDT
Who Should the Los Angeles Chargers Draft First?

What the Chargers do with the 6th pick is one of the major dominos to fall in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bolts could move up and draft Tua Tagovailoa, or maybe they stand pat and draft Justin Herbert.

Perhaps Tom Telesco says the heck with a rookie QB and opts for Isaiah Simmons at #6, meaning Tyrod Taylor will be under center when the upcoming season gets underway.

In any case, who the Los Angeles Chargers draft first is one of the hottest topics circulating NFL Draft camps. Revealing the team’s biggest needs is the first step in figuring out the answer. 

Los Angeles Chargers’ Biggest Draft Needs

  • QB
  • OL
  • WR
  • LB

It’s hard to find a Chargers mock draft that doesn’t involve LA taking a quarterback with their first pick. Philip Rivers packed his bags for Indianapolis, and Tyrod Taylor hasn’t been able to sustain a starting job in this league.

Bryan Bulaga was a huge signing, but Russell Okung’s departure means Telesco can certainly bolster the offensive line. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are both great at what they do, but the depth chart at the WR position gets scarcely thin after that.

The 37th pick seems like the time that the Chargers will draft a wide receiver, meaning it should come down to a QB or a tackle for their first pick on Thursday.

I’ll throw out three names who come to mind.

Jedrick Wills

The general public is convinced that the Chargers are going to take a quarterback with the 6th pick, but what about the following scenario?

What if LA is one of the teams that could sign Cam Newton?

The door would then swing wide open for the Bolts to draft a “beast” offensive tackle with the 6th pick. Jedrick Wills is a name that continues to rise up NFL draft boards, to the point where he is now the betting favorite to be the first offensive lineman drafted.

Drafting Wills would not only set the Chargers up with a franchise left tackle, but it would also allow Bryan Bulaga to play his natural position of right tackle. That’s where he thrived for so many years with the Packers.

Justin Herbert

Are the rumors that Tua Tagovailoa could be slipping sincere? I think Tua will be a bust, so it wouldn’t surprise me in the least. However, let’s say that Miami takes the bait and drafts the Alabama QB.

Does that mean Justin Herbert falls right into the Chargers’ lap?

Herbert’s imposing stature (6’6”, 236 pounds) is one of the things that scouts admire, but his poise in the pocket and ability to sling the football with pace make him look like a future NFL star.

Jordan Love

Reports that the Dolphins are intrigued by Justin Herbert isn’t just “fake news.” Herbert is now favored to be the second quarterback drafted (after Joe Burrow) at some of the top NFL betting sites.

You already heard how I feel about Tua, and I’m not sold that Tyrod Taylor can take this team to The Promised Land. What I am captivated by is Jordan Love and his potential.

Love’s arm talent is obvious anytime you look at the tape, but it’s his athleticism and escapability that have me totally enthralled.

Who Will the Chargers Draft First?

To back to an earlier point, I don’t believe Isaiah Simmons will be available past the first five picks. Rolling the dice on Jordan Love is what I would do at #6, but I don’t have any influence on what Tom Telesco ultimately decides.

It doesn’t appear that the Chargers are going to pull the trigger on a veteran like Cam Newton or Jameis Winston, so that probably takes an offensive tackle out of the equation with their first pick.

This leads me right back to where I have been since the beginning of draft projections. I foresee the Chargers drafting Justin Herbert with the 6th pick.

Can the Chargers Win the AFC West in 2020?

The Chargers aren’t the only team in their division that will be improving their roster during the 2020 NFL Draft. The Raiders have two picks in the top 20, the Broncos have a ton of ammunition, and the Chiefs own a first-round pick.

To learn more about who each of these teams could draft first, check out the links below.

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