2020 NFL Draft: Los Angeles Chargers find franchise QB with Justin Herbert at No. 6

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Digging into the selection of Justin Herbert for the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2020 NFL Draft.

After the New York Giants made their selection at No. 4 in the 2020 NFL Draft, it confirmed the Chargers would not be trading up in the draft and would take whichever player remained after Miami made their selection. The Miami Dolphins took Tua and the Chargers selected Justin Herbert sixth overall.

Justin Herbert comes to a Los Angeles Chargers team with plenty of talent and the pieces in place to make any rookie quarterback’s life a lot easier. Throwing to weapons like Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler will help raise any young quarterback’s confidence.

With current starter Tyrod Taylor on the roster, Herbert will be able to redshirt his rookie year and take over as the starting quarterback in 2021. Redshirting will be essential for Herbert’s development in the NFL.

At 6-foot-6, 237 lbs, Herbert possesses the prototypical size and arm strength that NFL front offices and head coaches salivate over. Herbert can make any throw on the field and has above-average speed and athleticism for someone his size.

Herbert’s issues come from his inability to read complex defensive coverages and to consistently come off his first read when making his progressions downfield. After a strong freshman year at Oregon, Herbert never truly showed the improvement that would one expect to see from a four-year starter at quarterback. He made the same dumb mistakes his senior year that he made as a freshman.

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Chargers fans should still be excited because even with his flaws, Herbert has the potential to become a very good player in this league. He will need time to learn and hopefully will absorb as much as he can from Tyrod Taylor over the next few months.

Anthony Lynn will have his hands full with his new quarterback and hopefully, he is prepared to be patient and not rush Herbert until he is ready.