Chargers fourth-round selection: Brandon Aiyuk, wide receiver, Arizona State
Doubling up twice in a row? Nonsense! Except it isn’t nonsense. Four offensive picks in a row? Not nonsense.
The Chargers need the firepower, and Brandon Aiyuk is the fourth piece of this draft, maybe the best and most important piece. Aiyuk, listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, is a sleeper to many, but to me, he is a potential Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020. He is everything I look for in a receiver. Speed? Check. Separation? Check. Runner after the catch? Check. The list goes on.
Right now, I can get away with projecting Aiyuk as the Chargers’ fourth-round selection. In February or March, there is no way. He is going to fly up draft boards into a potential first-day territory, and the Chargers might be lucky to grab him in the second. For now, let me live in this dream because in the play below, you’re going to see why Aiyuk will rise up boards.
What do you do in the 4th quarter, down by 4, when you have only scored 3 points?
Throw it up to Brandon Aiyuk.
What this play shows: Speed, release, separation.
What it doesn't show: Is that Aiyuk was running digs and posts all game to set this double move up. pic.twitter.com/peXpXs0mgW
— Jason Balliet II (@Syntari13) November 13, 2019
As mentioned, Aiyuk had been running inside release routes all game long. They may not have been getting the yards, they may have been covered, but it’s the way he was running them.
Chargers fans see it a lot from Allen. He makes every route look the same until the top of the route, then he gets you with the break. That’s what makes Aiyuk dangerous over the course of a game. This move was being set up long before it was ever run.
Aiyuk’s ceiling is high, but his floor is also high, ensuring that the fourth-round selection won’t go to waste. His ability to make plays as a runner adds to his skill set, and his stocky frame and harsh running style that reminds you a bit of James Washington out of Oklahoma State will ensure he does well on special teams.
This would be a homerun pick, with Tom Telesco written all over it.