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With Vincent Jackson Possibly Gone, Should Focus on Draft Go To Wide Receiver?


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.

Alshon Jeffery
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.

Michael 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.

 

Tags: Alshon Jeffery Micahel Floyd Vincent Jackson

  • 619chargers4life

    No sir. To Many FA’s. Draft OLB/OL/SS and a young TE

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @619chargers4life but dang it i think i fell in love with alshon! hahahaha

      why wouldn’t we just pick up a pass rusher instead?

      what free agent wide receiver would you want to see? i like pierre garcon personally.. will be cheaper than a lot of the big time names and can stretch the field. still young also

      • 619chargers4life

        @epadaon Bowe, Garcon. Bowe may cost to much. But i honestly think that VJ will be a Charger Next year. Jason la canforia or how ever u spell it lol be talking out the side of his neck most the time. Assumptions will make an ass out of u and me and he assumes a lot. lol

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

          @619chargers4life i am with you.. i was thinking the same thing when he came out and said that!!! he is in the know with a lot of stuff, but sometimes he is just throwing crap out there to see what sticks

        • 619chargers4life

          @epadaon just like when he said that Norv and company were destined to be canned. lol

  • Jeffrey Perkins

    VJ should go where he is wanted, Aj does not care for VJ. Just another step back. Thanks Chargers

  • MikeTuck

    Love the comments in Bolt Beat, but last year was all speculation like this year. Who says Jackson is gone, Smith doesn’t sign Jackson and Jackson is wanting to stay one more year then Smith will be beaten to death by the press if they get left with a mediocre W/R. The Chargers have 3 great recievers, Crotchery and Laurent Robinson are good recievers, but they aren’t Jackson. Jackson is smart, big, fast and strong. Plus he and Rivers have a great connection now. Stats don’t mean squat when your talking Chargers. Rivers delivers the ball to alot more weapons than most, that is what makes this group dangerous. Other W?R’s get keyed on alot more do to their lack of weapons. AJ Smith and Jackson should both have learned something last year. It was a Contract year so Smith was playing the buisness card, while Jackson wanted to be recognized at the wrong time. Now that it’s calmed down Smith needs to lock down these players and not gamble on disrupting the chemistry. Rivers is a smart QB and coach and management should listen to his take. Rivers likes Jackson and Floyd because they’ve been here and have chemistry, he also knows how good they are. And Brown will fill eithers shoes if injurys occur. Yes Crotchery or Robinson would be good insurance also. Rivers is not the GM or Coach, but he should take a leadership role on the resigning of key personel on offense. Thats with the players as well as the Management. His influence can mean everything to this team.

  • MikeTuck

    Come draft time of the year a whole lot of fans break out the Sears wish book. That’s cool, but wishing for players where you don’t need that position is just wishing. Smith really needs to take care of home buisness as quick as possible so to allow the needs to show up clearer. All the Charger Free Agents that like being a Charger, and it’s not all about the money, need to give Smith and the team a break by getting their agents to get a deal done as quickly as possible. Even if it’s going to cost them alittle bit, they’re going to have their life paid for if they just put it away. Then the Superbowl becomes the most important thing, playing the game. If they love the game they’ll do it for Smith and the team. Then Smith will know what positions he needs to fill and how much they have to do it. A team is not all on the GM it’s about all the players helping to get things done to enable the GM to do his best work, and men know what they want and buy it, they don’t like shopping because it ends up spending on what you don’t need. And AJ Smiths job is to know what the team needs most and from there down go get it. Rivers Butler and leaders on both sides need to talk to their free agent teamates into either getting things done for the team or move on.

  • sailmac

    Let Walk: McNeil OT, Jackson WR, Hester FB, Tolbert RB, Castillo DE, Volek QB, Kaeding K

    Sign: A. Garay NT, Gaither OT, N.Hardwick C, M.Colston WR, E.Royal WR, F.Summers FB, M.Williams DE, B.Carr CB, I.Jackson ILB, Novak K

    Draft: Round 1 OLB, Round 2 OT, Round 3 NT, Round 4 QB, Round 5 RB, Round 6 S, Round 6S G, Round 7 DE

    Letting these player walk significantly reduces payroll.

    Colston & Royal could cost less that VJ. Royal had a poor year with Tebow as QB… bounce back year w/Rivers?

    Summers a true FB.

    Tolbert will be missed, however he will demand a lot of money that can be used to contribute to M. Williams, I. Jackson, & B. Carr.

    Carr should be a good value FA d/t playing opposite Flowers.

    D. Stuckey, I hope, I hear has all the tools to be a fast, hard hitting SS.

  • ThomasBell

    Philip Rivers and Norv Turner have expressed interest in wanting V-Jax to return so AJ should pull his head out of his ass and pay the man or should be fired the day V-Jax walks

  • MikeTuck

    Letting Jackson walk would be a mistake unless we pick up somebody as good, or someone of value at a greatly reduced price. I don’t agree with Tolbert going if we can help it. The way he trained in the off season showed alot of dedication to the game, and he’s a hell of a back-up. Hester has been a good blocking fullback, especially if we spruce up the O-line. And Volek are you kidding me, one hit that knocks Rivers out leaves us empty and a good back-up is hard to find. Volek is a solid back-up and until we get another rookie that gets some time behind him you’d be a fool to let him go. That was the problem with only having 2 QB’s. They should have got someone like matt Nichols a couple years ago. he was rated 7th in the draft and he would have made a great pick-up. And same goes for Kaeding, they need to have another kicker on the practice squad but kaeding is solid. Kaeding missed a few big kicks but who hasn’t, and games aren’t won or loss by the kickers. Teams lose games by not making TD’s and leaving it up to a kicker. You think your mentaly tough, think again.

    Thomas bell has it dead on. Jackson and Floyd should be signed right away, after last year he should have learned his lesson!!