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By Bill Seals
Sports Reporter 

Chargers 2020 NFL Mock Draft

Focus Will Be On Offense

 

April 23, 2020

Oregon Athletics

Justin Herbert, Quarterback, University of Oregon

The Los Angeles chargers will be entering the 2020 NFL draft with the need for a quarterback of the future, the need to add speed on the outside and the need to add depth on the offense. This draft will be focused on the offensive side of the ball. The chargers were able to take care of most of their needs on defense through free agency, with the additions of cornerback Chris Harris, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and linebacker Nick Vigil.

Here is our chargers 2020 NFL mock draft for the draft to be held on April 23rd through April 25th:

Round 1 – Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon, 6'6", 238 pounds - The chargers grab their quarterback of the future with the #6 pick in the first round. Herbert has all the tools to be an NFL Franchise quarterback. At the NFL combine, he ran a 4.68 forty and had a 35.5" vertical jump.

Herbert had a flat-footed throw of 62 yards. He was the Rose Bowl MVP and Senior Bowl. He won the William V. Campbell Trophy in 2019 that is given to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. He would be an excellent choice at quarterback.

Round 2 – Adam Trautman, Tight End, Dayton, 6'5", 255 pounds – Anyone that watched the chargers last season saw what happened when Hunter Henry got hurt. The production from the tight end position fell dramatically. Over the four games Henry missed, tight ends caught five passes for 63 yards, with the chargers going 1-3 in the games Henry missed.

Trautman played at the FCS level and was a dominant player. He was an FCS All-American and Pioneer Offensive Player of the Week. He was a man among boys. At the Senior Bowl, he did not look out of place with the power conference players. He has a lot of upside and is a willing blocker. He would give the chargers the ability to run a double tight end offense, with two excellent receivers at both positions.

Round 3 – Antonio Gibson, Wide Receiver/Running back, Memphis, 6'1", 225 pounds - Gibson is an explosive play waiting to happen. He scored 14 touches on 77 carries in his short time at Memphis. He ran a 4.39 forty at the combine. Gibson can play at running back, wide receiver and he is a very good returner. When you watch him, he looks faster than his 4.39 forty speed.

Gibson could be used like a chess piece that an offensive coordinator could move around. In a division that features the Super Bowl champions Kansa City Chiefs, the chargers need explosive options on offense just to keep up. Gibson needs developmental work at wide receiver, but he should help with his ability to create big plays.

Round 4 – Joshua Kelly, Running Back, UCLA, 5'10", 212 pounds – The chargers lost Melvin Gordon and have no one behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Kelly rushed for over 1,000 yards the past two seasons at UCLA and he had a very good performance at the Senior Bowl. Kelly spent his first two seasons at UC Davis before transferring to UCLA. Kelly ran an impressive 4.49 forty at the combine and according to coaches, was very impressive in interviews as well.

Round 5 – Charlie Heck, Offensive Tackle, North Carolina, 6'8", 309 pounds – Three-year starter from Kansas City, Missouri. His father is the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Has good athletic ability and a good frame to add more bulk, which he will need to do. He would be a decent swing tackle for the chargers, adding depth at a position that really needed it last season.

Memphis Athletics

Antonio Gibson, Wide Receiver / Running Back, University of Memphis

Round 6 – Isaiah Hodgins, Wide Receiver, Oregon State, 6'4", 210 pounds – The chargers need depth at wide receiver and Hodgins is an accomplished receiver. Hodgins was a three-year starter at OSU and is the son of former Rams fullback James Hodgins. He does not have a great speed but does have good size, runs good routes and has very good hands.

Round 7 – Bryce Sterk, Defensive End, Montana State, 6'4", 262 pounds - Two-year starter who transferred from the University of Washington. An FCS -All American and team Defensive MVP. Had an impressive pro day, with a 4.69 forty and a 34.5" vertical jump. He is a developmental talent that can learn behind Pro Bowl stars Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

 

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