Sep 08, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) catches a touchdown pass against Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Demetrius Dugar (22) during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Receivers For Chargers To Consider in the 2014 NFL Draft


The Chargers should look to add another weapon for Philip Rivers in the NFL Draft, which is now less than two weeks away. There are plenty of options at wide receiver that would be a good fit for the Bolts. Feel free to comment on this, adding other WR’s I fail to mention that are worth noting. I don’t see them drafting Odell Beckham, I think he will be gone before the Chargers are willing to take him. So I have rounded up a few possible candidates towards the top, middle and tail end of the draft that could be the next to don the lightning bolt.

Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) during the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

1. Marqise Lee, USC

Lee will mostly likely be available to draft only if the Chargers are willing to take him in the 1st round and put off their defensive needs until later. But he may be worth it. At 6’0″ 192 pounds, he isn’t the biggest receiver in the draft, but he has been productive. In 2012, he was a Consensus All-American when he had 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 TD’s. Who can forget when he torched Arizona for 345 yards? He did suffer some injuries in 2013, which made his numbers suffer also. If he can avoid future injuries, he can be one of the best receivers to come out of this draft.

Oct 19, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) carries the ball against Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Damian Swann (5) during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores beat the Bulldogs 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

2. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt 

The 6’3″ 212 pound receiver out of Vandy would be a great addition. Matthews was a big reason for Vanderbilt’s recent surge. He is projected to be a 2nd-3rd round pick. He has got size and speed (4.46 40 yard dash). He lined up against SEC corners his entire career. Matthews led the SEC in receiving yards last year with 1,477 and also in receptions with 112. His 3,759 career receiving yards are the most in SEC history, dating back to 1956. He is battle tested, playing well against the likes of Tennessee, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mizzou, Auburn and South Carolina among others.

Sep 7, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Paul Richardson (6) reacts after a long reception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Central Arkansas Bears at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

3. Paul Richardson, Colorado

He has a slighter frame than Matthews (6’1″ 170 lbs), but Paul Richardson makes up for it with a 4.40 40 time. He finished 2nd in the PAC-12 with 1,343 receiving yards and 83 receptions. A good sign is that he bounced back from a 2012 ACL tear with a career year in 2013. He is slim, and will have to avoid further injuries. It’s worth noting he had 134 receiving yards against Oregon and 88 against USC, both with formidable defenses. This would be a good pick for the Bolts in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Cody Latimer (3) catches the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby (1) tries to tackle him in the first quarter of the game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

4. Cody Latimer, Indiana

Latimer is thick, like Matthews at 6’3″ 215 pounds. He is a great route runner. He had 72 receptions for 1,096 yards with 9 TD’s in 2013. I am a believer in being battle tested in college, to see how they stack up against fellow NFL prospects. Latimer had his best games of last year against Mizzou, Penn State and Michigan. He also had a 189 yard, 3 TD performance against Illinois. The BIG 10 has some stout defenses, and Latimer handled them well. His offseason workouts have shot up his stock, he may be taken higher than originally expected.

Sep 21, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) carries the ball in front of Auburn Tigers defensive back Joshua Holsey (15) on his way to scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Auburn 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

5. Jarvis Landry, LSU

Landry has OK size (6’1″ 195 lbs) but most importantly, he is a playmaker. He had a breakout season in 2013 and decided to leave school early to go pro. He had 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 TD’s for the Tigers. Like Matthews, Landry lined up against SEC defenses week in and week out. He was 2nd team All-SEC and was named team captain. His workouts this offseason may have been underwhelming but I think he would be a good catch in the middle rounds.

Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Cody Hoffman (2) runs after making a catch during the fourth quarter while defended by San Diego State Aztecs defensive back King Holder (bottom) at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Under The Radar: Cody Hoffman, BYU

Now hear me out on this one. He has great size (6’4″ 210 lbs), actually he is the biggest of the receivers I have here. If the Chargers find themselves in the 6th or 7th round and are not feeling satisfied with the receiver position, they should consider Hoffman. He is BYU’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards. That is very significant considering BYU played musical quarterbacks most of his career. He has a huge catch radius. He is also battle-tested, performing well against teams like Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Washington and Boise State. He would be a safe 7th round pick.

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  • Julien Bélair

    Latimer or Landry

    • Diegoblue

      What round ?

      • Julien Bélair

        Latimer round 2 but I root for Landry round 4

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i would love landry… dude would be a nice addition to the roster .

          • Diegoblue

            Yeah I like Landry.. Would be a nice a pickup but I’m concerned about his speed .. 4.77

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i just love the hard nose player that he is. might be one of my favorite receivers of this draft and he is expected to be a 3rd or 4th rounder. would be a steal for anyone

          • Julien Bélair

            He had a better 40 yard dash during his pro day. He was injured at the combine

          • Diegoblue

            OK that’s better.. Cause he doesn’t look like 4.77

        • Diegoblue

          OK I’m with you on that .. Moncrief is the guy I like but he wasn’t an option

          • Julien Bélair

            I agree! Montcrief is my first choice

        • SDmarm17

          Ellington in round 3?

          • Julien Bélair

            I personally like him better in round 4

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

            He won’t make it to round four. Especially when we pick.

          • Julien Bélair

            then don’t draft him haha

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

            I would be down with Ellington. He can return too.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I seriously doubt Latimer is there in the 2nd round, the boys at NFL Network recently did their mock they had him going 22nd in the first round in their most recent mock.

      Lets call that an exaggeration, but I would put his low point for today at around pick 40.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        That dude has made one of the biggest leaps ever in draft history, first no one was talking about him, then he’s a steal in the 3rd or 4th and now he’s a 1st rounder lol.

        • Sergio Quintero

          2 of the greatest chargers are players that rised up draft boards like crazy, Rivers was expected to be a late 2nd to early 3rd rounder before the Senior bowl, he wasn’t talked about going in the top 10 until april of that year, Tomlinson entered the draft process as the 3rd or 4th running back, say mid 2nd rounder way behind Deuce McCallister, then had a monster senior bowl, and monster combine.

          But this guy’s rise I can only compare it to Mike Mamula, who went from 5th round pick, to top 10 pick.

          • Julien Bélair

            great info Sergio

          • BlueBoltFan

            I also like to bring up J.J. Watt in these instances. he started out as a 2nd-3rd round prospect and ended up in the top 15 and obviously he’s an all-pro now. I remember thinking he’d be a nice pick for us in the 2nd round. He really blew up at the combine, too.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Good memory Blue, some people get nervous with high rising prospects, its like the entire process its hit and miss.

            I was so dissapointed the texans took him, I can’t remember there being another team that required a 5 tech DE between the Texans and the chargers.

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

          Maybe the Texans will take him first overall .. lol.

      • Julien Bélair

        I know I know anyway I prefer Landry in round 4

        • Sergio Quintero

          Seems like this guy has jumped Lee, Benjamin, Moncrief & Adams and he’s the 4th WR.

          Landry seems like a 3rd round guy, in the 4th he’s a steal hope he’s there.

          • Julien Bélair

            Well he dropped only because of the 40 yard dash but damn he can play!
            here is my wr list of the chargers:
            1. Moncrief
            2. Adams
            3. Landry
            4. Robinson
            5. Ridchardson

          • Sergio Quintero

            All around that 2nd-3rd round range, I fully expect in one of those rounds they are getting a WR, Brown didn’t do enough to keep him as a starter.

          • Julien Bélair

            No he is now depth. You don’t want him to start anymore

          • BlueBoltFan

            Nice list!

            I would add Martavis Bryant and Josh Huff (who seems to have fallen into obscurity lately). Both have great upside and if they truly believe Floyd will play this year, they might be willing to take a bit of a flyer on a fairly productive guy with potential.

          • Julien Bélair

            You’re right ! I forgot Bryant I reallllly like him. He would be second in my list after Moncrief

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Finally a draft with a overflow of WR talent, being a fan of watching just about any game this is really good for the teams that have been trying to get by with 0 receivers like the Jets/Raiders or for teams that lost every receiver like the Jags, makes for much better TV. Good times

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      right!!! but the Raiders can just keep sucking for all i care. hahah

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        lol guys like Brandon Stockley will no longer be picked up off waivers, sick of old washed up dudes making rosters cause there isn’t anyone else out there to pick up lol. Won’t be the case anymore we this influx of WR’s, the league needs this.

  • gpack17

    I would add Brandon Coleman and Martavious Bryant to this list..2 guys that are bigger bodied receivers..

    Not a fan of richardson as he is very slim for his 6’1 frame, take him to the nfl from college and that injury risk will go up..

    • Gunnar Martin

      I really, really like Coleman. I think he’s going to have a lot of success in the NFL. I’m not as high on Bryant, but either of them would be fun to watch in Rivers’ offense.

  • ioane

    Latimer is not a great route runner. It’s actually his biggest flaws. He’s a big physical receiver who can run, but he is not a great or even good route runner. He does have great talent.

    Donte Moncrief should be on here. He also has great size, good hands, also ran a fast 40 and is a good route runner. I compare himtto Keenan Allen. Not as quick as Allen but faster.

    Mid to late round guys to also consider: M. Bryant, R. Herron, T. Reese, John Brown, Shaq Evans.

    • Nick Lee

      my mistake, I didnt watch many Hoosier games. I mostly got his scouting report from CBS sports. I agree, Moncrief is a good one as well.

  • Eli Rodriguez

    I’m happy with Lee and Latimer early. Lee in the first or Latimer in the second. Hoffman to me Is the best value since he is a later pick. I like Hoffman the best just because of what round he would be available.

  • Diegoblue

    I mean if all the good 1st round grade DBs are gone and Nix.. Im riding with Lee .. Allen and Lee plus an up and coming Green would be a nightmare for Defenses

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      it would be amazing