3 Players the Chargers Should Draft in the First Round if They Pass on a Quarterback

Tristan Jung
Former Clemson star linebacker Isaiah Simmons could find his way to the Chargers if they miss on a quarterback.
Former Clemson star linebacker Isaiah Simmons could find his way to the Chargers if they miss on a quarterback. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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The Los Angeles Chargers are headed for a franchise-defining offseason. After announcing they will part ways with team legend Philip Rivers in free agency, the Chargers will go into the 2020 NFL Draft with more uncertainty that at any point in the last 14 years.

What the Chargers do with the No. 6 pick will be a huge storyline. Chargers GM Tom Telesco could select the quarterback he needs, even trading up if he needs to, but not selecting a quarterback and fortifying the roster in other areas could be an equally appealing move. The Chargers could roll with Tyrod Taylor, a solid starter in the past, or sign one of the many free agent quarterbacks on the market. Tom Brady, Teddy Bridgewater or Ryan Tannehill could all fit nicely in Los Angeles.

If the Chargers do choose to pass up on a quarterback, they could select one of these three highly-rated prospects on draft day.

1. Mekhi Becton, OT

Louisville product Mekhi Becton impressed everyone at the NFL Combine.
Louisville product Mekhi Becton impressed everyone at the NFL Combine. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

If Mekhi Becton is still available, the Chargers could use some help on their offensive line. Becton stunned scouts and went viral for running a 5.10s 40-yard time at the NFL Combine. The 6-foot-7, 364-pound tackle could immediately slot in for the Chargers' depleted offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung missed much of 2019 with injuries, and the Chargers could secure the position for the future with Becton.

2. Isaiah Simmons, LB

Isaiah Simmons had a dominant season for Clemson's defense in 2019.
Isaiah Simmons had a dominant season for Clemson's defense in 2019. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Adding Isaiah Simmons to any defense would be a good idea. Simmons, fresh off winning the 2019 Butkus Award for best collegiate linebacker, is a fantastic playmaker who can line up almost anywhere on the field. The Chargers have a solid group of linebackers headed by Thomas Davis and Denzel Perryman, but Simmons would be a great piece to build around regardless, assuming he's still on the board. Even if there's no room at linebacker, Simmons is a converted safety and was used all over the field by Clemson last season.

3. Jedrick Wills, OT

Former Alabama OT Jedrick Wills could find his way to the Chargers if they pass on a quarterback.
Former Alabama OT Jedrick Wills could find his way to the Chargers if they pass on a quarterback. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Jedrick Wills was a dominant run-blocking force at Alabama, and he could play a similar role for the Chargers. Given their injury issues, the Chargers could use a tackle that will free up lanes for Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, especially if they let Melvin Gordon walk. Wills would fit the bill perfectly, and his mobility would allow him to play either right or left tackle for the Chargers, depending on Okung's health.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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