I have a new favorite mock of mine. Any one of these guys IMO could be starters next year given they develop decently in the offseason:
Herbert would likely start either week 1 or midway through depending on the offseason.
Shenault could start Day 1 easily across from Hilton.
Lewis could start across from Houston or come in as a situational rusher.
Lawrence fits the 3 tech and is a really great lineman.
Carter is one of my favorite underrated prospects, a true Swiss-Army knife player.
Mims has one of the greatest catch radius' I've ever seen and has speed to match.
Gibson could honestly be the next late round star RB, elite receiver and extremely dynamic.
Dillon would be our lesser Derrick Henry as a uber-powerful grinder.
Throckmorton won't go this low, but one can only wish.
What do you guys think??
Whilst Rivers leaving increases the chances of drafting a QB more likely, it may not necessarily mean they draft one early.
They very well could draft someone later in the draft (like Gordon or Hurts etc) and have them sit behind a vet (as the article below says someone like Cam Newton or Marcus Mariota) and draft O-line/Corner early
"the word is that the Chargers would prefer someone with experience like Newton or Marcus Mariota, rather than drafting and developing a rookie quarterback. In fact, Pauline noted in his recent mock draft that the Chargers would likely prefer a highly rated offensive tackle or cornerback if one fell to them rather than a quarterback. Acquiring Newton could free up some options for them to do just that."