Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (11) looks on during the game against the LSU Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers need another big target

Danario Alexander was a bright spot in a less than impressive Chargers offense in 2012. In 10 games last season, Alexander caught 37 passes for 657 yards and seven touchdowns.

However, Alexander has a history of knee issues. The 6’5″ wide receiver has had five knee surgeries dating back to his days as a college receiver at Missouri. Even though he didn’t miss a game last season, the Chargers have offered him the lowest RFA tender. You can expect Alexander to be a free agent after the 2013 season.

If Alexander were to leave, San Diego would be left without a big target for Phillip Rivers to throw to. They also wouldn’t have a solid #1 wide receiver on their roster. They have Malcolm Floyd, who has talent but is not a proven #1. Vincent Brown is young and has great potential, but also is not a #1 wideout. San Diego would have to look at either free agency or the draft if they want to add a receiver of Alexander’s size and speed.

The Chargers do not have a lot of space under the salary cap, so it would make more sense for them to find a reliable wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft. One receiver that the Chargers should consider is former Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Cobi Hamilton. Hamilton shattered school records at Arkansas in 2012 with 90 catches for 1,335 yards in the defense heavy Southeastern Conference. Hamilton also recorded five touchdowns and caught 18 in his career as a Razorback.

At the 2013 NFL Combine, Hamilton measured at 6’2″ and 212 lbs. He ran a 4.5 40 and recorded a 29 1/2″ vertical. Scouting reports on Hamilton state that he is a big target with a well-built frame. He has the strength to break out of arm tackles, but can also has the speed to move past defenders.

Hamilton is the #17 wide receiver in this year’s NFL Draft, and could be a steal for any team that takes chooses to draft him. Should the Chargers be the team to draft him, they will have a a viable big target if Alexander were to become an unrestricted free agent.

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  • blackroseMD1

    After watching him for the last couple years at Arkansas, I’m all for this. Good hands, very strong and shifty for his size. Rivers would love him.

    • tubbs45

      Totally agree, love the kid!

  • ChargerOmar13

    What if and just totally saying what if….meachom had like an awsome year?

    • blackroseMD1

      That would be awesome. Meachem isn’t a #1 receiver though…more like a 2 or 3. Probably 4, after DX, Floyd and Brown

    • Lee

      could just be he struggled in norv’s system and has a big comeback year. same with eddie royal maybe?

    • Ernie Padaon

      it would be awesome!

  • Ernie Padaon

    i like it… kid would be available in the 4th round and he would be productive for us.

  • KC-Dave

    “San Diego would have to look at either free agency or the draft if they want to add a receiver of Alexander’s size and speed.”

    No kidding.

  • C.Steele

    Aaron Dobson out of Marshall U would be nice later round WR pick up, although Todd Mcshay has dubbed him an under the radar receiver so his stock my start to rise.

  • Marco

    I would like to see Ajirotutu get more playing time, the few times he played he showed flashes of talent, I’m hoping he makes the team he could really be great if he was given the chance.

  • Sergio Quintero

    I would be more in favor of taking a DeAndre Hopkins from clemson in the 2nd round, if what you are looking for is a player with #1 WR potential.