The Los Angeles Chargers are at a crossroads. The crew is nonetheless making an attempt to construct a fanbase after abandoning San Diego, and now should do so with out longtime franchise quarterback Philip Rivers. While the remainder of the Chargers’ lineup is playoff caliber, they’re sorely lacking a quarterback. They may additionally nonetheless use an offensive deal with, even after signing Bryan Bulaga this offseason.

In the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft, Michael Peterson of Bolts from the Blue is right here to determine which means on this forked highway the Chargers journey.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Isaiah Simmons, defensive weapon, Clemson

Peterson: The majority of draft analysts will say the sixth general choose is sure to be a quarterback or an offensive deal with. It’s not a shock for the reason that Chargers are in dire need of each. However, how can a crew that’s set to face Patrick Mahomes twice a 12 months for the following decade not contemplate including Simmons to the unit tasked with stopping the reigning Super Bowl champion?

Sure, a younger and promising quarterback will assist put folks within the stands, but Simmons enjoying alongside Derwin James, Joey Bosa, and Melvin Ingram might be its personal model of “must-watch football.” There’s a cause why LSU’s Joe Burrow admitted he had to concentrate on Simmons on each play throughout their bout within the title recreation earlier this 12 months. He provides velocity, dimension, versatility, and a main intimidation issue to a crew trying to begin its new period of soccer off on the correct foot inside SoFi Stadium.

Analysis: First off, I love the “defensive weapon” designation for Simmons. If we’re being trustworthy, he is a participant with out a place and that is a good factor. He can provide a lot to a crew, and he routinely performs at a excessive stage. That’s why, to me, he is the second-best participant within the draft after Chase Young of Ohio State.

However, I don’t like this choose for the Chargers.

It’s true, Simmons can be a large complement for James, Bosa, and Ingram. But the Chargers so badly need a quarterback and an offensive deal with that it’s difficult to see the worth of Simmons over both of these positions. Sure, “best player available” philosophy comes into play right here. But so ought to the very fact this draft is loaded on the prime of the primary spherical at offensive deal with. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is a danger, in fact. But it could be price it for the Chargers.

Top 5 remaining gamers:

  • 5. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
  • 7. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
  • 9. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
  • 10. Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
  • 11. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Coming up tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET is Bradley Smith of Cat Scratch Reader making the choose for the Carolina Panthers.

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