Los Angeles Chargers should consider drafting this QB to be Philip Rivers’ successor
The Los Angeles Chargers were surprisingly one of the best teams in the NFL this past season. Even though they were topped by the Rams in the Los Angeles, they were still able to go far into the playoffs. Their starting quarterback Philip Rivers had one of the best performances of his entire career.
The Chargers had gone 12-4 on the season and finished first overall in the AFC West Division. Their offense averaged 26.8 points per game, which ranked 6th overall in the entire league. The combination of Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen provided the team with one of the best two-way punches in the backfield and beyond.
Gordon totaled 1,375 yards from scrimmage with 14 total touchdowns, and Allen had 97 receptions for 1,196 yards with six scores as well. They both proved themselves to be vital weapons for the Chargers moving forward.
Rivers threw for 4,308 yards with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His completion percentage sat at 68.3 percent, and his quarterback rating was a solid 71.2. The 37-year-old quarterback seems to fight father time and the injury bug.
Though Rivers seems to be timeless, it would be smart for their organization to look for his replacement. The team could even draft someone and have him play behind Rivers for a few years. This would give the Chargers a head start on their situation moving forward.
The ideal option for the Chargers would be Dwayne Haskins. The 6-foot-3 220-pound pocket passer started in his junior year at Ohio State. He threw for 4,381 yards with 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran a bit, running for 106 yards with four touchdowns.
His 50 passing touchdowns broke the Big 10’s record for passing touchdown in a single season, beating Drew Brees’ former record of 39 by Drew Brees.
Haskins is a very accurate passer. Even though he didn’t play in a pro-style heavy set in college, he isn’t a gunslinger. His only knock is that sometimes he forces passes that aren’t open. This is a mistake many young quarterbacks make, but that is something that he should be able to overcome.
The Chargers have the 28th overall pick and would likely have to trade up for Haskins. However, he makes too much sense for the team down the road.