TRADE – Los Angeles Chargers from Detroit Lions
After striking out in free agency for a quarterback, including the pursuit of Hall of Famer Tom Brady, the Los Angeles Chargers will be after a quarterback in this year’s draft. After 16 years with Philip Rivers as the field general, the Chargers find themselves very thin at quarterback with Tyrod Taylor as the best available option.
Look for the Chargers to leapfrog the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants to get their franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert from Oregon. For weeks many believe Tua Tagovailoa would be second off the board, but with a hip concern for Tagovailoa and the arm talent of Herbert, that philosophy has changed.
With a young and talented roster, the Chargers will not want to sit back and will be in win-now mode. This will likely cost the Chargers multiple picks but look for the deal to still get done.
One of the biggest changes from previous mocks is the increased stock of safety/linebacker Isaiah Simmons from Clemson. Simmons stock rose to all-time highs after the NFL combine and has continued to rise with film study and interviews since. With that, don’t expect general manager David Gettleman to be able to pass on Simmons.
Given his six-foot four-inch frame, and 4.39 forty-yard dash time I see Simmons as a safety at the next level even though many have him as a linebacker. Either way given his versatility and flexibility look for Simmons to be an early force in the NFL.
Some suspect the Giants will be after an offensive lineman at pick no. 4 but come draft night they won’t let Simmons go anywhere else. Look for the Giants to find their offensive lineman but in the second round. A second-tier tackle like Ezra Cleveland or Austin Jackson will fit nicely with the Giants to help protect Daniel Jones.