Could this be the year that the Chargers finally draft quarterback Philip Rivers’ successor? It’s uncertain whether or not they will pull the trigger in the upcoming draft, but they’re certainly doing their homework on this class, once again.
Following today’s Senior Bowl practice, I saw West Virginia QB Will Grier speaking with one of the Chargers’ scouts. Take that as you’d like, but last week at the East-West Shrine Game, representatives were also spotted meeting with North Dakota State’s Easton Stick and Boise State’s Brett Rypien.
Now, this has been a common theme for the past few years with the big question surrounding when Los Angeles will bring in the future play caller. General manager Tom Telesco has been drilled with the question time after time in interviews and to be honest, we should not be surprised if it’s a headline within the next couple months leading up into the draft.
The Bolts will need a QB after Rivers, whose contract has a dead-cap hit of $7 million in 2019 and will be a free agent in 2020, or if he chooses to retire. After a season of a decent amount of success, it doesn’t look like he’s regressing anytime soon. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t seek out a player that could sit for a year or two, though.
For a team that has pressing needs at the moment and will have more depending on who they let go to free agency, that only expands. In a weak QB class, I’m not sure if that would be a wise move on their end to even waste a mid-late round selection on.
I’d say that the Bolts should wait it out another season and seek out his successor in the 2020 NFL draft. The class will be filled with more enticing options and it’ll allow them to bolster their depth in the upcoming draft with positions of need in hopes to make a deeper run in the playoffs.