The Los Angeles Chargers began their offseason program this week, but many are wondering what they will do when the NFL Draft begins on April 28th.
At some point, Rivers said that he expects the Chargers will get a young guy in the room. He said it will not affect him, but Rivers also said that any young quarterback will sit for a while behind him.
The Chargers starting quarterback’s comments came after new head coach Anthony Lynn said the team was looking to add a young quarterback.
At last week’s Owners’ Meetings, Lynn said that the team has to develop someone because the team employs two quarterbacks who are both long in the tooth. Rivers is 34-years-old and backup Kellen Clemens is turning 34-years-old this year.
Lynn said that both guys have some years left, but he said the team has to start thinking about down the line too.
Further, the Chargers head coach also said that he would love for a young quarterback to learn from Rivers. He said it is ideal for a young quarterback to sit and learn from an ultimate pro like Rivers.
As for Rivers, he said he thinks that he will organically coach a young guy without any concerted effort to help him. He said coaching is in his nature as he likes to help people out and talk about football. However, Rivers will not go over the top to help a young quarterback. He will share whatever the young quarterback wants to learn.
Moreover, Lynn said he understands that Rivers is the ultimate competitor, who may never want to retire. Lynn said he wants to coach a player like Rivers, who wants to play forever.
Thus, it remains to be seen if the Chargers draft a quarterback in any round of the NFL Draft. The team has already had private workouts with Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, per ESPN.
Either way, the Chargers could also make a trade in the NFL Draft. Chargers’ Ricky Henne wrote that the team has made a trade in the draft more times than not, per Chargers.com. Last year was the first time that the team did not trade during the draft under general manager Tom Telesco.
Under Telesco, the team has moved up three times to get the target that they desired. Could the Chargers move up to get the quarterback that they desire this year? Stay tuned to see when the L.A. selects Rivers’ heir to the starting quarterback position.
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