Let’s say they don’t trade up and stand pat at No. 5. If the Chargers feel the same way about Herbert (i.e. Tua’s too much of a long term injury risk), is it more likely the Lions trade down to No. 6 with the Chargers taking Herbert at No. 3? Or are the Chargers content to take whatever is leftover, i.e. either Herbert or Tua?
–FIVE-YEAR DRAFT HISTORY
Typically quiet in free agency, the Chargers don’t take many risks in the draft. That approach has resulted in a lot of hits on top picks. First-rounders Melvin Gordon (2015), Joey Bosa (2016), Mike Williams (2017) and Derwin James (2018) have all delivered, and the only major disappointment in the second round is the injury-prone Forrest Lamp. There have been later-round hits as well, especially in the 2017 class, which is still entirely intact and delivered an All-Pro nickel back (Desmond King) along with other regular contributors. The jury remains out on the 2019 group after a quiet rookie season, but the overall body of work is strong.
Best pick: S Derwin James, R1 2018 — Perhaps it was an easy decision once he slid, but the Chargers nabbed a rookie All-Pro in James, whose absence for most of 2019 was a huge blow.
Worst pick: OL Forrest Lamp, R2 2017 — It’s hard to blame Lamp, who tore his ACL and missed his entire rookie season, but he has been a massive bust so far.
One week left to find out.