2020 NFL Draft Picks
- 1. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
- 2. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
- 3. Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
- 4. Joe Reed, WR, Virginia
- 5. Alohi Gillman, S, Notre Dame
- 6. KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State
Top pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers didn’t exactly have the ammunition (not by comparison with the Dolphins) to move up and get Tua Tagovailoa, but even in hindsight it’s a bit surprising that neither team decided to move up for their respective quarterback choices.
The Chargers stayed put and drafted Oregon’s Justin Herbert, a player they were also very high on a year ago.
Herbert is now the QB of the future for the new-look Chargers, and the big question now becomes when will we see him on the field? He’s got to beat out Tyrod Taylor.
Steal: WR KJ Hill, Ohio State – 7th round
It’s insane that KJ Hill was a 7th-round draft pick, even in a class of wide receivers as deep as the one we saw in 2020.
Hill could factor into the Chargers’ lineup immediately as a rookie. He was the 220th pick and will likely wind up being a steal for LA.
Overall Grade: B+
This draft class for the Chargers was all about the quarterbacks. Justin Herbert could wind up being their QB of the future with the Philip Rivers era in the rearview while Kenneth Murray could ultimately become the signal caller and leader of the defense.
The pick of Joshua Kelley could wind up being a lot more important than anyone is talking about at the moment because of the departure of Melvin Gordon, and the Chargers need a featured runner to pair with Austin Ekeler.
The day three picks of Joe Reed, Alohi Gillman, and KJ Hill are as good as any trio of day three picks around the league. If the Chargers’ draft had ended like this after four rounds, I don’t think anyone would have batted an eye, but for them to spread this kind of haul over seven rounds is pretty impressive.
This grade could easily be an “A” depending on how highly you think of Justin Herbert.