Los Angeles Chargers: 4 UCLA and USC prospects that are great fits
By Jason Reed
2. Michael Pittman Jr, WR, USC
- Potential round: Third
Michael Pittman Jr is a receiver that easily could be a late first-round pick or at least a second-round pick if he was not coming into a draft class that is really stacked at the receiver position. Pittman is the perfect candidate to be the third-round receiver that blossoms quickly in the NFL and far out-performs his draft location.
Pittman had a tremendous season for the USC Trojans in his senior season and was the top receiving option for the team. He finished the season with 101 receptions for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games played.
There could be a bit of a style clash as Pittman is not a quick and agile receiver that could line up in the slot as the third receiver behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Pittman is a big-bodied receiver that is a vertical threat that posted surprisingly good Combine numbers and is a fantastic route runner.
However, the team could still have him be the short and medium-yard receiver that gets below the corners and takes advantage of some mismatches against smaller corners in nickel packages or slower linebackers.
The team would still have the number one receiver in Allen and the deep ball option in Williams. So while Pittman would not be a perfect fit as a slot receiver, he still could be a great third receiver.