LA Chargers: Five players who could be the third receiver in 2020

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Tyler Johnson

The draft is the most likely place that the LA Chargers will find their third receiver. Telesco would love to get himself a day two or day three guy at a low cap hit with more years on a contract. The question is really about which of those day two or day three targets can play in the league right now and make an immediate difference.

Tyler Johnson is of great value for where he might be selected in the draft. There’s a real possibility he slips as far as the fifth or sixth rounds per analysts. Why? He wasn’t invited to the Senior Bowl and certain personalities have started rumors of “character” concerns. Yeah, that’ll tank draft stock.

The tape doesn’t lie for me. He’s a great slot receiver who can fit into any offense with great form. His separation, contested catch ability, and red zone efficiency are all great characteristics. Sure, he’s not the fastest receiver out there. It’s a bit insulting to talk about his game like he’s a one-dimensional big body. He’s not Henry Ruggs III fast, but he’s got more than enough positives to make up for it.

I don’t know what character issues people are talking about. “Off the field issues” is a vague term analysts are using that doesn’t seem to apply for Johnson. He really should be a second or third-round talent.

Not running the 40-yard dash seems to infuriate the combine crazies, but he was PFF’s No. 1 wide receiver in 2019. He has a 98 percent dominator rating. If he’s still on the board in the fourth or fifth round, it should be an automatic selection:

Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan throwing a 38-yard touchdown to the one-on-one and wide receiver Tyler Johnson. Minnesota's protection held up just long enough versus Penn State's Lean-Post Cover 3/Poach Quarters blitz.

— The Gopher Report (@MinnesotaRivals) November 13, 2019