1. He’s simply the best option
Assuming the Bengals hold on to that No. 1 pick and draft Joe Burrow, Tagovailoa, even with injuries, is insanely talented. We all saw him become an overnight sensation in that 2018 National Championship, where Jalen Hurts got benched and Tagovailoa brought Alabama back in the second half and got the win in overtime.
Before his hip injury, even with Burrow’s Heisman performance, Tagovailoa was widely regarded as the best quarterback in this draft class. He still might be. And if Tagovailoa goes to the Chargers, he’d have much more immediate success than Burrow. That’s not at the fault of the LSU product – the Bengals just stink. The Chargers can be a legitimate wild card threat with Tagovailoa, and they’d be a much more complete roster.
Of course, the Chargers could let Herbert fall to them. But the Chargers are too desperate for a quarterback to let someone fall in their lap – or worse, risk someone trading in front of them to steal all of the best options. If Herbert is the third quarterback taken within the first five picks, the Chargers are going to be in trouble for years to come. Don’t risk it – trade up and get your guy.