After a catastrophic 5-11 season, the Chargers are ready to usher in a new era after moving on from longtime quarterback, Phillip Rivers.
In this scenario, the Los Angeles Chargers enter the 2020 NFL Draft with a problem they haven’t faced in almost two decades: They need a Quarterback. Since 2004, Phillip Rivers has held the starting job in San Diego and Los Angeles. After the 2019 season, Rivers and the team decided to part ways.
The team has been connected to Patriots’ Quarterback, Tom Brady, but this mock is being done before the bidding for his services will take place, which will happen later this month. Rumors have been swirling that Brady will postpone his decision until the NFL and the players’ association reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Chargers have a number of key free agents to deal with before the draft rolls around. Tight end, Hunter Henry, and running back, Melvin Gordon, are both set to his the open market. The Chargers will surely look to bring at least one of them back before the draft comes.
Los Angeles’ draft strategy will depend entirely on what happens with the aforementioned Brady. The six time champion will impact the decisions of seemingly every team in the league. Brady just might be the biggest domino in NFL history. Should Brady sign in Los Angeles, the Chargers will be looking to build a contender around him. If Brady decides to spurn the newest L.A. franchise, the Chargers will likely be looking for their next franchise Quarterback, in Las Vegas, during the 2020 NFL Draft. As mentioned previously, this draft simulation is being conducted with the assumption that Tom Brady will not be wearing a helmet with a lightning bolt on it next season.