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

By Ernie Padaon

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

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 JefferySouth 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 FloydNotre 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.