The Chargers made Justin Herbert the sixth overall pick of this year's draft and, assuming all works out as hoped, their quarterback of the future. The club moving on from Philip Rivers could also open the door to Herbert becoming the quarterback of the present. Herbert threw for 3,471 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions in his senior season for the Ducks, and head coach Anthony Lynn emphasized Herbert’s college experience as a positive upon drafting him. As ESPN's Mike Clay noted, at 6-6 Herbert is one of the biggest quarterbacks in this class. His best asset is his huge arm, though his accuracy remains a bit suspect. Herbert, who has drawn comparisons to both Ryan Tannehill and Carson Wentz, figures to add some slight value with his legs.
A virtual offseason -- rather than more intensive on-field work -- will almost certainly be a limiting factor this fall. Lynn has made it clear that veteran Tyrod Taylor is in the driver's seat when it comes to the starting QB job but admitted that could change. "It's a competition, bro," Lynn told SI.com. "I can't just say Tyrod's gonna be the starting quarterback for the whole year if this young man goes in there and wins the job."
2020 Bottom Line
Cleary the Chargers didn't use such a high pick on a player they think is incapable of handling the job. That said, beyond Dynasty leagues, Herbert's immediate fantasy value is capped.