Los Angeles Chargers make poor decisions to start 2020 NFL Draft

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The Los Angeles Chargers were quite active in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. However, them being active didn’t provide good results.

Coming into the draft, the Los Angeles Chargers held the sixth overall pick in the draft. Despite some rumors and buzz, the Chargers did end up picking at six.

With the sixth pick, the Chargers decided to go quarterback with Justin Herbert. This will surely be a pick that will be looked at for years to come. The Chargers certainly had a need at the position, but Herbert might have been a bit of a reach here.

In college, Herbert had some great stats, but he never really did all that much in big games against good teams. If the Chargers were dead set on a quarterback, they could have traded up above the Dolphins to steal Tua Tagovailoa.

While the Chargers could have also moved up for Tua, they also didn’t have to reach for Herbert at six. Los Angeles could have elected to bolster their offensive line with one of the many available tackles.

After Herbert was drafted, we expected the Chargers to be done in the first round. However, they made a trade with the New England Patriots and jumped back into the first round.

Generally, having two first-round picks results in what looks like a good draft. For the Chargers, that was not the case. With the 23rd overall pick, the Chargers made a puzzling choice by selecting Kenneth Murray from Oklahoma.

Murray is a linebacker who is at his best when he is attacking but has a lot of question marks when it comes to being able to play against the pass. With the league being more and more about throwing the ball, it is important for linebackers to be able to defend it. While Murray might be able to improve in that area, we didn’t see it in college.

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Despite having two first-round picks, it feels like the Chargers reached on both of them. Including having to make a trade to get back into the first round for Murray. Overall, it doesn’t feel like a good day for the Chargers, which is certainly disappointing.