Perhaps I am just starving for some new sports content, but I am more excited for this draft than any other NFL draft in my lifetime. It is also a pivot point for the Chargers in that we have moved on from Rivers, but we are also still a fairly talented team.
I am not a big college football fan and know very little about most of the players, but I have to say...I am rooting pretty hard for us to land Tua on draft night. I think he would be the big name we need to bring some relevance to the not-San Diego Chargers. I think Tua would bring with him a fair amount of fans and would make our team incredibly fun to root for. I doubt he would start in year one, but we, as a franchise, would have a clear timeline in place for when we expect to be a highly competitive team and we, as fans, would have hope that we will be a good team for a long time, assuming Tua pans out.
And I get it, that is a big assumption to make. The guy has been nothing but injured. But dang, when he isn't injured, the dude is amazing. His stats are ridiculous. It also sounds amazing to have a mobile QB after watching Rivers unable to move for so many years. One of the main reasons I support drafting Tua is that I want nothing to do with Herbert. While Tua has massive star potential, I think Herbert has massive Bust potential. I would hate to draft a QB that doesn't work out because he sucks as opposed to him being injured.
My preference, then, if we are not drafting Tua, would be to draft Isaiah Simmons. Pairing him with Derwin James would be ridiculously amazing. He would make our defense so versatile and athletic. To have Bosa, Ingram, James, and Simmons would mean we have one of the best defensive units in the league. I am not sure that would necessarily make our team one of the best in the league as I do not trust Tyrod Taylor that much. It seems like Anthony Lynn is sold on Taylor, but I'll believe it when i see it.
So, basically, I am excited to see what happens because I think our team can improve tremendously in this draft. I also think we can remain very mediocre if we draft poorly. We'll see what happens, but this is the most excited I've been for the Chargers in a long time.