6th Overall: Justin Herbert, QB
With the 6th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Chargers went with the man out of Oregon, Justin Herbert.
The biggest names associated with the Chargers’ pick were Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa leading up to the draft. However, Tagovailoa went to the Miami Dolphins at the 5th overall spot, leaving the door open for Herbert to LA.
Justin Herbert had a prolific career at the University of Oregon, adding his name to the list of NFL quarterbacks the school has produced. He threw for 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns in 4 seasons. Finishing 2nd in school history in both categories, just behind Marcus Mariota. In his senior campaign, Herbert also led the Ducks to a 10-win regular season. He also got some nice postseason wins over Utah in the Pac-12 Championship and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The Chargers hope that he will bring that postseason success to the NFL.
23rd Overall: Kenneth Murray, LB
The Chargers then made a trade with the Patriots near the end of the first round. They got New England’s 1st round pick (23) for LA’s 2nd (37) and 3rd round picks (71). With that trade, the Chargers selected Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma.
Over Murray’s college career he racked up 325 total tackles, 36.5 tackles were for loss, and 9.5 sacks. Junior year alone, Murray had 17 of his total TFLs and 4 sacks. He also had the rare opportunity to play in the College Football Playoffs all 3 seasons he was in college. Though he never played in the championship game. Murray also made the first-team All-Big 12 conference team last season. Kenneth Murray will be a welcomed sight to the Chargers, who have been looking for long-term linebacker help for years and might have just struck a gem this year.
Justin Herbert is coming in as more of a raw talent than some people may think. Though he has the ability to make terrific plays, his games can be overwhelmed by bad playmaking and the Chargers have already committed Tyrod Taylor as their starter for this season. This year will most likely be used for the development of Herbert. He will have no fantasy value except for a possible Week 17 “rested starters” start. He is expected to take over next year as Taylor’s contract will be up after the 2020 season. When he does take the reins, Herbert will have a plethora of talent around him that can make him very fantasy-relevant. However, for now, he will presumably be on the bench.
Kenneth Murray, on the other hand, could be the ladder to get the Chargers defense over the hump. The defense has not always lived up to the hype and expectations they’ve garnered. Especially in terms of fantasy, the Chargers DST finished tied for 26th in fantasy points last season with the Giants… the Giants. They now have a defense with it’s biggest playmakers remaining, including a healthy Derwin James. So, while a newly acquired Chris Harris was expected to raise the DST to decency. Murray will ho one that fantasy owners could possibly start throughout the season.
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