Chargers Draft

Los Angeles Chargers: Ranking the team’s last five first-round picks

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4. Mike Williams, 2017

Mike Williams is a good example of why it is way too early for fans to give up on Jerry Tillery after a disappointing rookie season. Williams battled injuries in his rookie season and only appeared in 10 games, starting one, hauling in just 11 receptions for 95 yards.

Williams played even less than Tillery did in his rookie season, appearing in only 22 percent of the Chargers’ offensive snaps. With Williams being such a high selection for a wide receiver, there definitely was a lot of concern that the selection would be a bust.

However, Williams rebounded and showed the potential that the Chargers saw in him at Clemson and had a promising second season. He did not get a big role on the team right away but hauled in 43 receptions for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He was the Chargers’ touchdown machine and he had his coronation against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15, hauling in seven receptions for 76 yards, two touchdowns and the game-winning two-point conversion.

Williams built on that in 2019, where he led the league in yards per reception with 20.4 and put together his first 1,000 receiving yard season. Williams is much more than just a deep target, though, and he shortly should add to the list of Pro Bowler selected by the Chargers in the 2010s.

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