With the report from Jason La Canfora saying that there is no chance that he sees Vincent Jackson playing in Chargers colors next season, will that shift our focus in the first round of the draft? If Vincent left via free agency, our starting receivers would be Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown with Bryan Walters in the slot. Should we look to build up the depth at receiver through free agency or through the draft?
For this post, let’s look at a couple of the possibilities at receiver in the first round of the draft. We would still have to find a pass rusher somewhere, but we might be able to fill that hole through free agency instead.
South Carolina, 6 foot 4 inches, 233 lbs
He has that prototypical San Diego Chargers size for a receiver. He is not the fastest receiver in the bunch, but he knows how to get open and he gets after the football. He had a breakout sophomore season with South Carolina, but slowed down last year because of inconsistent play at the quarterback position. With Philip Rivers and the Chargers vertical offense, he could be a nice compliment to Malcom Floyd.
Notre Dame, 6 foot 3 inches, 224 lbs
Could we have twin Floyds on the edges? Michael is another big physical receiver like VJ. Also like VJ, there may be some character issues. He has had three alcohol related issues already and AJ doesn’t tend to let that slide.