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Chargers Mock Draft Tracker 7.0

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07 Apr 2020, 06:36 GMT+10

Updated each Monday leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will look at whom draft analysts have the team selecting at No. 6 overall:

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports - LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Last updated: April 5, 2020

"Anthony Lynn says he's all in on Tyrod Taylor. If he is, maybe the Chargers go in a different direction here. Imagine L.A.'s defense with the addition of Simmons. Put another way: It just got a little bit harder for the Chiefs to win the division."

Luke Easterling, USA TODAY - QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Last updated: April 4, 2020

"Even with his injury concerns, Tagovailoa is a no-brainer pick for the Bolts here. Tyrod Taylor is the perfect bridge quarterback for now, which would give Tagovailoa plenty of time to make sure he's at 100 percent and ready for the NFL game. If he delivers on his lofty potential, this could be a huge steal for a team replacing a future Hall of Famer in Philip Rivers."

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: April 3, 2020

"Los Angeles is stuck with potentially its third quarterback. Herbert offers them a potential long-term answer at the game's most important position. The roster can be built around him now."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports - CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State

Last updated: April 2, 2020

"Ryan Wilson and I joined Chargers.com for a podcast and both ended up with this selection. I kind of love it -- and only one or two things have to happen for the Bolts to land Okudah. That roster could be absolutely loaded if they get him in the secondary. They know they have to keep up with the Chiefs and there's only one way to do that."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: April 1, 2020

"His arm strength and mobility would pair well with the loaded Chargers skill-position group."

Peter Schrager, NFL.com - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: April 1, 2020

"Herbert reminds me a bit of Daniel Jones a year ago. Not the loudest guy in the room, but an Academic All-American, the Senior Bowl MVP and someone who won games in college. Herbert had a fabulous combine week in Indy when the two quarterbacks who'll go before him in the draft didn't throw in the field drills. Tyrod Taylor can assume his role as the mentor; Herbert can be the heir apparent."

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports - QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (MOCK TRADE from DET)

Last updated: April 1, 2020

"Let's see how the first round shakes out if the Chargers are the team that makes the move to get Tua."

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: March 31, 2020

"Finding a solid quarterback is a risky proposition, and picking Herbert certainly is risky despite his excellent tools, but the payout is too great if he can put it all together."

Todd McShay, ESPN - QB Jordan Love, Utah State

Last updated: March 30, 2020

Subscription required: "Could free agents Cam Newton or Jameis Winston be in play? Maybe. I'm told Los Angeles likes all four of the top quarterbacks in the draft class -- and this pick could end up being Oregon's Justin Herbert, too -- but Love has the arm to make NFL-caliber throws and should be available here at No. 6."

Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com - QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Last updated: March 30, 2020

PROJECTED TRADE WITH REDSKINS. "A West Coast-style QB, Tua has terrific arm strength, mobility (once that hip is 100 percent) and is a proven winner. A quarterback who plays big in big moments is exactly what this team needs."

Cynthia Frelund, NFL.com - QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Last updated: March 30, 2020

Considering the increased likelihood of Tyrod Taylor being a major part of the team's 2020 effort and the Chargers' improvements at left tackle (Bryan Bulaga) and on defense (CB Chris Harris) in free agency, Tagovailoa's blend of quick- and deep-passing potential gives the Bolts the best chance for the most wins in 2020. Should Tua not be available, Mekhi Becton would be my model's next-best selection here."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: March 26, 2020

"They have to get their quarterback of the future and Herbert is a guy they are rumored to like. He would take over for Tyrod Taylor at some point."

Chad Reuter, NFL.com - OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

Last updated: March 26, 2020

"The trade of Russell Okung to Carolina gives the Chargers room for a new starting left tackle."

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: March 24, 2020

Subscription required: "The Chargers appear uninterested in the quarterbacks in the free-agent or trade market, with Tyrod Taylor slotted in as their Week 1 starter. But maybe they're not interested in another veteran because they know they're in a good position to draft Tagovailoa or Herbert, and they can give Taylor the job while grooming a quarterback of the future."

Charley Casserly, NFL.com - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: March 24, 2020

"The Philip Rivers era is over, with Tyrod Taylor topping the QB depth chart at the moment. Could Taylor be a bridge to Herbert? Would Tom Telesco, Anthony Lynn and Co. try to trade up for Tagovailoa?"

Jordan Reid, The Draft Network - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: March 22, 2020

"With Philip Rivers moving on to the Indianapolis Colts, it leaves the Los Angeles Chargers with Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick as their signal-callers moving forward. Taylor is the perfect bridge gap option to the next quarterback of the future, who turns out to be Herbert.

"The Chargers continuously incorporate a vertical passing attack with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry which makes Herbert a perfect fit. He'll be able to stay in his comfort zone on the West Coast as the eventual new face of the franchise."

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com - QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Last updated: March 20, 2020

"PROJECTED TRADE WITH LIONS. The Chargers are headed into a new stadium without much fanfare at the QB position, unless they move up three spots and secure this talented lefty, who should become the face of their franchise by 2021."

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus - OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Last updated: March 16, 2020

"As selfishly as I want to see Isaiah Simmons paired with Derwin James, the Chargers have a prime opportunity to take advantage of a loaded tackle class and fix their line once and for all. Wills led all tackles in the draft class in big-time blocks this past season."

Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network - QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Last updated: March 14, 2020

"Justin Herbert stays west."

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Charles Davis, NFL.com - OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Last updated: March 12, 2020

"A quarterback will definitely be in play here, but the expected departure of OT Russell Okung, coupled with head coach Anthony Lynn's confidence in Tyrod Taylor, leads the Bolts to fortify the offensive line first."

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com - QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Last updated: March 10, 2020

"The presence of Tyrod Taylor as a bridge quarterback enables the Chargers to take Tua and use a redshirt year to give him every opportunity to return to full health."

Dane Brugler, The Athletic - QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Last updated: March 4, 2020

Subscription required: "Tagovailoa is the wild card of the draft. Talking to teams in Indianapolis, they are taking a cautious approach, but until they can see him throw on April 9, it is anyone's guess how high he will be drafted."

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com - OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

Last updated: March 2, 2020

"The Chargers could grab Oregon QB Justin Herbert here, but if they aren't sold on him, addressing the offensive line is a must."

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.

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