It’s pretty unlikely we’re going to have to wait until the No. 23 pick to see the third quarterback come off the board, but there just aren’t that many teams in the market. Even the Chargers might elect to wait another season before securing Philip Rivers’ successor.
If they do go that route this year, they should return to Rivers’ alma mater, NC State, to make their selection. Finley isn’t the most dynamic guy in the class, but he is the best pro style passer. Letting him sit behind Rivers for a season would be a great way to prepare him to take over the Chargers’ offense in 2020.
It is possible that Rivers will exert his influence to force the Chargers to draft someone more capable of helping him win games in 2019. If that happens, look for Los Angeles to give a strong look at the top guards in the class. Someone like Beau Benzschawel or Nate Herbig could be good fits for Anthony Lynn’s offense.
That isn’t the right call for this franchise though. They should take advantage of the lack of teams looking for quarterback help in this draft to secure a top prospect late in round one. Finley might not be the guy they choose, but he does play the position they need to address.