Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) is pursued by Fresno State Bulldogs safety Derron Smith (13) on a 40-yard reception in the fourth quarter in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. USC defeated Fresno State 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Chargers Add A Wide Receiver Early in the Draft?


Going into the coming draft, there has been more and more chatter among the fans about bringing in a high impact wide receiver early in the draft. I don’t remember the last time that we had those type of thoughts going into the draft.

With receivers like Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson holding down the fort for the Chargers for the longest time, there was no need to look at wide receivers early in the draft. Vincent Jackson is in Tampa Bay now and Malcom Floyd might be hanging up the cleats in the offseason, so the need for a receiver is there.

The Denver Broncos did not shy away from adding a wide receiver when they already had Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the roster. Now they are competing in the big game. Why wouldn’t the Chargers want to keep adding to our offensive firepower?

We have Keenan Allen and a bunch of question marks at the other wide receiver spots on the roster. Malcom Floyd is a huge question mark. The Chargers likely will bring back Danario Alexander, but can the Chargers really count on him being healthy? Vincent Brown was a disappointment last season.  Eddie Royal might not be brought back. There is a need for a wide receiver.

Who should the Chargers target in the draft if they went for a wide receiver?

This season, I am hoping that Marqise Lee drops in the draft to the Chargers. It could be a long shot for him to slip down to our selection in the first round, but there is a chance that he will make a little dip. Maybe he will run some slow times in the 40 or something.

People have mentioned the names Kelvin Benjamin and Allen Robinson a few times, but the only wide receiver I would want in the first round is Lee. Lee is the same type of receiver as Keenan Allen, but faster. He runs good routes to create separation quickly and he makes big things happen after the catch. Tom Telesco said that he wanted to add speed onto the roster and Lee would be a huge upgrade in that department. He can help out in the kick return game also.

Watch Lee make things happen:

Why would Lee start dropping in the draft? He had a couple of injuries in his last season at USC (sound a little like Keenan Allen?) and some teams might fall in love with the size with the other receivers that are available in this draft.  Lee only stands at 6’0″ and a team might go for the size of a Benjamin or a Robinson or a Jordan Matthews before him. If Lee is available, Tom Telesco could have his combination of Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne for years to come!

Which wide receivers have your eye in this draft? Would you even want a wide receiver in the first round?

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  • gpack

    i like lee…i really just think he has been over hyped…he didnt have a great year last year..i like benjamin and a late pick like brandon coleman..6’6 from rutgers wouldnt be bad.

    • Captain Kush

      He was hurt that’s why he didn’t have a good year. He also didn’t have a good QB throwing him the ball.

    • Conor Cahill

      If anything hes underhyped. He was a top-10 pick earlier in the year. Injuries and horrible qb play killed his stock.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        agreed.. he came into the year as the top receiver and dropped off because of injuries and a bad quarterback. sounds a bit like Keenan even more.

      • gpack

        i really just don’t see it in him..even last season i really liked woods more than him on that usc team, and since we already have keenan why get another like him? i kinda want a big receiver like benjamin, coleman, martavious bryant, or i’d definitely take allen robinson in a heartbeat.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          why wouldn’t you want another Keenan Allen?

          I think the size of some receivers is overstressed some times. Lee gets open and can beat defenses over the top, something Allen is not able to do. Get me a receiver that can constantly get open and i would be much happier than having a jump ball situation all the time.

          • Sergio Quintero

            This offense needs a take the cover off the defense WR, push the ball upfield presence, something that dissapeared when Floyd was lost.

            I really hope Reich integrate a whole lot more of play action passes, that punish the defense for stacking the box.

        • Conor Cahill

          I would ideally want a larger, faster receiver too. But, two possession receivers that run good routes, can make catches in contact, and know how to get open can be just as dangerous. Think Larry & Boldin in Arizona.

      • Sergio Quintero

        If the guy runs under 4.4, and measures above 6’0 there is no way the chargers sniff Lee at 25. There was the thought that he was the best player in CFB in 2012.

  • Padraigh Keogh

    Get a receiver ONLY if the top CB and DT are off the board. And there are some ok CB and DT that will be in 2nd round too. So, no I wouldn’t draft in 1st round… well if we traded back and got an extra pick in 2nd round maybe then.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Unfortunately it sure sounds like the most current mocks are painting that way, most mocks have Gilbert & Dennard gone by 25, and both the Notre Dame DT’s seem to be gone as well. So you are looking at the 3rd corner who looks like a second round pick, and the remaining DT’s are more 3 Tech’s DE which the chargers have in Liuget and Reyes. So its either a WR, OLB or a Safety as the best player available.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Safety Please!!!!!!

  • BuhaySD

    I would not take a receiver in the 1st. We have much bigger holes along the D-Line and defensive backfield that need to be addressed first. Maybe from the 4th round on is when i would start taking best player available no matter what position he plays.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thank You!!!! Great comments.

    • tubbs45

      Yep yep!!

  • bolt up!

    Yes I would, as I always say it lol I want marquis lee or kelvin benjamin I know im hard headed but I think we need another reciever I mean look at it we barely scored in the 4th quarter in a play off game,yes there were missed field goals and dropped passes but point is we didnt have enough wide reciever threat like peyton Manning has ,he has 4 good recievers along with a tight end so I mean look I understand we have other needs but that is why there is free agency and the draft to build but this years draft they said is stacked with defensive players from head to toe so we won’t be low balled picking a defensive player later rounds,my first 3 round picks are in this order, 1st rd-marquis lee or kelvin benjamin,2nd rd-dee ford, 3rd rd-stanley jean – baptise of course if those players are still there

    • Julien Bélair

      Dee ford will not be sitting there in the second round for us. I would be very very happy but if this guy doesn’t end up being a first round pick he will be an early second

    • Sergio Quintero

      Dee Ford will not make it to pick 57, he’s not even a lock to make it to 25, and at worst he will be gone by pick 40. For a 2nd round OLB Michael Sam or Scott Crichton seem more reasonable options.

      • Julien Bélair

        ya if we want Ford we take him with our first pick or trade up in the second a la Teo

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Please no trade ups this season… my head will Pop! We have WAY too many needs to pull that crap again!

          • Julien Bélair

            haha yeah I prefer a trade down if the occasion is there

  • Julien Bélair

    Yes depends if the value is there but bring Lee or Robinson and by the end of the year everybody will be thrilled by our first round pick. Ernie I know you like Lee more but I think after the combine you could be surprise by Robinson abilities/potentiel

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      like i said.. been a robinson fan as well. think he will do well on the right team also. i just love the ability of Lee after the catch , plus he can help in the return game.

      • Julien Bélair

        To be honest I don’t really care if we choose either one of those guys but I think Lee will be far gone and Robinson will be there

  • Michael Popowich

    Peyton is also there because he has a very good Oline, which we need to improve more for better protection. I agree with others, we also need to strengthen the Dline, as we see that the Hawks are there too, who have a very good D.

  • Michael Popowich

    Then again, the draft is always whoever is the best player available at that time, so being that we are a bit further down in the draft, we’ll have to see who’s left.

  • Cgoodness13

    If another Allen situation pops up hell ya

  • Trey P

    Well if You look at Telesco From Last Year he wont Draft a Wr in the First round unless DT or CB is covered in free agency which I think he will. If we have money for Verner Get him asap. Or the Dt from Tennessee titans or the Dt fro New york. We know hes going to find cheap smart players that. Can produce. Or get Kenny Britt or Brandon Lafell for cheap. And draft a Wr second round thats the best bet so im thinking 2 or 3 players in free agency Cb G Wr or Dt..

    • Conor Cahill

      I am so on board with trying to make something out of Kenny britt.

      • Trey P

        It sure shouldnt cost nothing. And I looked at the othe free agent wrs the good ones we caint aford and the others are returners jacoby cribbs and dexter lol

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        He’s such a hot friggin’ mess though Conor… He has 8 arrests, and 10 altercations in the last 3 years. We need that kind of distraction in the locker room, like I need a bag on my hip. Wasn’t his last arrest for driving through a military compound with a teammate & a female soldier at 3am, drunk off his ass, and speeding? Who does that? He clearly has no common sense, or just doesn’t give a f**k. Call me naïve, but doesn’t that sound like somebody you would give a WIDE berth, if they were a buddy of yours? Hahahaha!

    • Nick Mansoor

      I really hope we make a splash in free agency to pick up a receiver or an already proven CB. I REALLY like the idea of getting Kenny Britt, it would be a great addition, but his injury issues and off field life really worries me. If the chargers are willing to spend a little more in FA on a receiver, then i would target Jeremy Maclin. He would be the Ying to Keenan Allen’s Yang. and if not him then definitely Golden Tate. this should take away the need of using a draft pick on a receiver.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        His off field antics worry me greatly.

        • Nick Mansoor

          same here, but if, and ONLY IF HE CAN turn things around then i don’t mind signing him.

  • serg21

    If we take a receiver I want Allen Robinson hopefully if we do he wears #15 and we can call him AR-15 haha

    • Conor Cahill

      lol priorities

  • Nick Mansoor

    If I was Tom Telesco, this would be my gameplan for the Draft:

    1st Round: Target key players projected to hit the first round that play DT, CB and S. If for some reason these players are already gone, then take a receiver if he is the best player available.

    2nd Round: Trade away 3rd and possibly 4th/5th round pick (Depending on the team were dealing with) and get 2 2nd round picks. Draft a WR if we haven’t already done so, and a DB or OT.

    Round 4 (If we still have one): Draft De’Anthony Thomas.

    Round 5 (If we still have one): Draft another OT or NT or S.

    round 6: draft another CB, you never know, we could pull a Richard Sherman.

    Round 7: Draft a OLB, or any pass rusher

    • Conor Cahill

      I would rather have a guy that can run between the tackles consistently if Mathews goes down. When he is hurt, our running game dies and becomes the Danny Woodhead off tackle show. Works well sometimes, but not for an entire game.

      • Nick Mansoor

        Thats Where De’Anthony Thomas comes into play. He is a VERY explosive runningback with great speed and can get around the corners easily, plus we could use him as a return specialist and maybe even as a slot receiver

        • Gunnar Martin

          Did you see what he said?
          “I would rather have a guy that can RUN BETWEEN THE TACKLES CONSISTENTLY if Mathews goes down.”
          I love DAT but he sure can’t do that.

          • Nick Mansoor

            oooohhhhhh woops lol. well then. this is embarrassing hahaha

            well in that case Lache Seastrunk wouldn’t be a bad idea after all haha, but i would still prefer Thomas.

    • Derek

      Yeah I think this draft is top heavy stacking on a 2nd or 3rd rd pick would be best

  • Derek

    No, look how many rings Marvin Harrison and Wayne got. Phillip is a great qb he proved it this season. My point is he doesn’t need a army of spectacular recievers. This draft is deep with good recievers that can become great under him. Phillip needs a defense that can give him the ball with a short field, not have to out score the other team, he needs a better defensive effort. Colts didn’t get rings till they got a defense

    • Sergio Quintero

      What are some defensive players you like at 25??

      What players would you seriously consider trading up for??

      • Conor Cahill

        HIS NAME IS CALVIN PRYOR…his name is calvin pryor…

      • Conor Cahill

        lol in all seriousness, i actually like jason verrett a lot. I think size is a luxury more in todays NFL. obviously it would be great to have a 6’5″ 250 lb CB that runs like a gazelle, but a guy that knows how to play corner and has the skills to be a difference maker on the outside or in the nickle would be huge for our defense. Nix would also be an awesome pickup but it looks like he will be gone too. depending on how much we would have to give up I think Nix should be the target.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Verrett is a player I keep hearing he’s dropping like a rock, he’s expected to measure under his 5’10 listed height, and there seems to be an opinion he will get overpowered by physical receivers, seems to be seen as an early to mid second rounder.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Maybe trade back for Verrett?

        • Nick Mansoor

          I really dont think that Verret will do well with us, i mean he is obviously talented and really good, but i think he will be a bust for us. Im hoping for Justin Gilbert, he is a ball-hawk and he can return kicks. hopefully he falls to 25, i think Detroit might take him before us though. If not then maybe Dennard

      • Conor Cahill

        lol but seriously, at 25 I like verrett, pryor, ford, van noy

        trading up would be for: dennard, nix, barr if he falls to around 15 (could happen, his stock is falling)

        • Sergio Quintero

          I would love Barr but I have hard time seeing him getting out of the lower top 10 picks. And trading up to 8-12 will surely cost the chargers their second round pick, too high a cost considering some talent deprived positions.

          • Conor Cahill

            From what ive heard (probably speculation) is that teams arent fond of his lack of pass rush moves. For a top-10 pick kinda of pass rusher, he better have some moves other than just running around a guy. Thats why I think Dee Ford could actually leap frog him.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Seems like Ford made himself a whole boatload of money Senior Bowl week, in pass driven league I can’t see this guy getting out of the first round.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          and falling fast…. don’t mind seeing that happen

  • Sergio Quintero

    We are very much in agreement Ernie in terms of the need and the player we like in speaking of Lee, we can hope for draft miracle, but drafting a Jordan Mathews or Allen Robinson (if he runs poorly) in the 2nd round is whole lot more probable.

  • Mz. Sarah

    We need CJ Mosely from BAMA on our defense or even Dee Ford from Auburn. Those guys are beasts

  • Vic B

    Odell Beckham Jr he is a complete receiver hes underhyped IMO but maybe able to get him in 2nd round if were lucky!

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    If we take a wide receiver in the first round, I will shoot somebody in the face.

    • 1961 Fan

      You tell them Peter; you can borrow my .410

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Nice… I can hold yours in my left, and hold my desert eagle .50 in the right ; )

        • 1961 Fan

          I was going to purchase a S & W .50 cal but I read that the recoil is like holding a small cannon.

          * You stay well Peter; I want to read more of your informed commentary next season. * I think this draft could be a surprise for us fans; who really knows what Telesco does, we have to realize he gets a lot of his information from one of Dean’s sons, who is charge of college scouting.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Yeah.. it kicks a little.. and don’t try hearing anything afterwards. But, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy knowing it’s next to the bed ; )

            I’ll keep the content coming. I take a break during mock draft season, and just leave article-length comments. We didn’t draft so hot on defense last year. I know Te’O and Steve Williams were injured.. but it is still to be seen whether TT knows anything about picking defense… which we need badly.

            Take care of yourself, Pops. You know I’ll do the same ; )

            Bolt Up

  • Jordan Denning

    We should go WR in round two and look at Paul Richardson. Dude is lightning fast. 10 or 11 TD’s last season and probably 8 of them were 40 yards or longer. DEEP THREAT!!!

  • John Alton

    I would not complain one bit if they drafted Marqise Lee in the 1st. I enjoyed watching him shred defenses in the PAC 12. We have no idea what the bolts see as there top priority. What they do in free agency will tell a lot about who they draft. Everybody threw temper tantrums about Fluker, now everybody loves the pick.

  • ioane

    I believe the Chargers need to draft Lee if he falls to us at 25. He’s what you call an elite receiver coming out of college. We really don’t have that many weapons on offense, especially at wide receiver and especially one with speed.

    My lastest Mock, I actually have us taking Lee. Believe it or not, WR is a definite need for the Chargers. It’s also a very deep draft at the position, but not many of the receiverd pocess the talent and speed of Watkins and Lee.

    I’ll share my latest projected Mock/
    1. Marquise Lee WR
    2. Jeremiah Attaocu OLB
    3. Stanley Jean-Babtiste CB
    4. Billy Turner T/G
    5. Marion Grice RB
    6. Andre Dabose WR/KR – EXPLOSIVE RETURNER WHO CAN BE OUR NEW ROYAL.
    7. Beau Allen NT

    • tubbs45

      No way we wait that long for a NT… no way…

  • ioane

    You guys talking about RB’s, check out Marion Grice in the late mid rounds or George Atkins lll who is definitely talented and very fast that should be there in the 5th or later. A late round receiver who is 6’5 210lbs and runs a 4.3-4.4 in La’damian Washington.

  • SoCalFan

    we need to draft a very good WR. We should operate under assumption that Floyd is not coming back. DX may be back, but for how long healthy? V. Brown may be upgraded in the slot, but may be not. Royal is unclear. Most importantly, we should expect some 2nd year problems for Keenan Allen with decrease/not increase in productivity. Plus (look at us, greenbay, others) injury can hit any moment. Even w/o injuries we are not fully equipped at WR. What happened to Laurent Robinson? and how Brandon LLoyd is doing?

  • shane

    CODY HOFFMAN – BYU…easy answer to compliment keenan allen. vincent brown slides into the slot. hoffman will be more than capable to be oppo allen, that is after DX gets hurt or needs a blow…sweetness

  • 1961 Fan

    The Bolts need O line and CB help before going to the offensive side of the ball. A well balanced team is more important at this time in the rebuilding process. Trade down if necessary to get more second round picks and trade Gates while he is still healthy. That is the only way to build through the draft, by getting a truck load of choices and hope at least half of them pan out to be starters. Floyd has seen his last game so keep working on Vincent Brown as a “go to” receiver..

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Quik question. Is there a way to get Dennard Robinson from The Jaguars in a Chargers uniform. Versitile and super fast, I think he would excel with this coaching staff.

  • Spawnwarrior

    1.Morgan Moses
    2.Pierre Desir
    3.Marcus Smith
    4.Justin Ellis
    5.Cody Latimer
    6.Aaron Colvin
    7.Trey Millard

  • zeus619

    Best player available. We shouldn’t target positions based on need solely. We need to address the CB and OLB position but we shouldn’t reach on any. I agree that Marquise Lee while not filling bigger need would help improve the offense even more. With players like Floyd, Royal and Brown’s future with the team in the air getting more weapons for Rivers will help the team moving forward.