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 atSam Boyd
Stadium. USC defeated Fresno State 45-20. Could he slip to the Chargers in the first round? Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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?