With the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers have selected Justin Herbert.
We have been patiently waiting to see what the Los Angeles Chargers were going to be doing with the sixth overall pick, and we finally got the answer.
This offseason, the Chargers decided to let Philip Rivers walk in free agency, creating a big void at the quarterback position. With Rivers gone, the Chargers were slated to have Tyrod Taylor take over as the starting quarterback of the team. However, Taylor has been a mediocre quarterback in the NFL and doesn’t look like a franchise guy.
In the draft, the Chargers saw Tua Tagovailoa go one pick before them to the Miami Dolphins. Tua has high upside if he is healthy, but the Chargers elected not to try and hop the Dolphins for Tua.
Herbert might have been a bit of a reach at sixth overall, but his position value is obviously at the highest being a quarterback. With the Chargers moving into a new stadium without their former face of the franchise in Rivers, taking a quarterback that could be a franchise guy is a risk they were willing to take.
At Oregon, Herbert totaled 10,581 passing yards, 95 passing touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. Herbert certainly had a successful college career at Oregon, but he may not have developed into the prospect that many thought he would be.
For the Chargers, we will now wait to see what they do in the second round of the draft, They could have taken an offensive tackle with the sixth pick, and that could be an area they target later on to help protect Herbert.
With Taylor ready to be the starting quarterback, it will be interesting to see what the plan for Herbert will be. Depending on how things go with the coronavirus could have an impact on the rookies like Herbert, as Taylor has more experience in the NFL and with the Chargers.