Chargers news: L.A. could select a QB in the 2018 NFL Draft
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Chargers could select a QB in the 2018 NFL Draft

Philip Rivers, Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers played much better than expected in their first season in the post-San Diego era. Philip Rivers and company may have ultimately missed the playoffs, but they exceeded expectations while making the difficult transition to the Los Angeles market.

With the Chargers showing promise for the future, the team may be planning for the inevitable. Rivers isn’t getting any younger, and the 2018 NFL Draft has some intriguing options at the quarterback position. General manager Tom Telesco admits the team has a plan as Rivers heads into the final years of his NFL career, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

“We know he’s not going to play 10 more years,” Telesco said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We have to have a plan moving forward . . . but that right moment, right guy, right time hasn’t quite gotten there yet for us.”

Rivers is currently under contract with the Chargers for the next two seasons. The veteran gunslinger hasn’t shown signs of a decline as of yet, but he also doesn’t intend to play as long as Tom Brady, so planning now rather than later is the smart move for Telesco.

The team’s first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is at No. 17. Los Angeles isn’t expected to go quarterback that early, but it remains to be seen what Telesco and company plan to do come draft day.

There will be plenty of intriguing options at the quarterback position in the draft this year. Josh Rosen (UCLA), Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Allen (Wyoming), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), and Lamar Jackson (Louisville) are a few notable names at the position that could be among the players off the board first at quarterback.