Los Angeles Chargers: Way-too-early three-round 2021 NFL mock draft

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Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
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The Los Angeles Chargers continue to build around their new franchise quarterback in this way-too-early three-round 2021 NFL mock draft.

I am not a huge fan of what the Los Angeles Chargers did in the 2020 NFL Draft. Most of that comes down to choosing Justin Herbert as their new franchise quarterback. Herbert is a big and athletic quarterback with a strong arm, but he lacks even adequate pocket presence and does not show the ability to play out of structure.

If Herbert has a clean pocket and his initial read gets open, he looks great. If anything starts to fall apart, he struggles to adapt. Herbert will look like a high-level franchise quarterback on times, but his inability to make plays on a consistent basis will limit his overall upside at the next level.

That being said, the Chargers have chosen Herbert as their franchise quarterback of the future. Now, they must move forward and put together a roster that gives him the best possible chance to succeed with him under center. The Los Angeles Chargers clearly have confidence in Herbert’s ability to shine at the next level, but they must be realistic and fill their offensive gaps to help him grow into a high-level franchise quarterback.

With Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler leading the way, the Chargers have a nice group of weapons in the passing attack. However, their offensive line leaves plenty to be desired. The additions of Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga will help, but there are still some obvious holes on the offensive line that must be addressed.

Fixing the offensive line to give Herbert the best possible opportunity to succeed will be incredibly important for the Los Angeles Chargers going forward. In this post, we are going to look ahead to the 2021 NFL Draft and see what the Chargers can do to improve their situation for the future. Without further ado, here is a way-too-early three-round 2021 NFL mock draft for the team.

Note: This mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.