LA Chargers: Full 2020 mock draft with Isaiah Simmons and Jordan Love

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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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With the 112th overall pick, the LA Chargers select: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

The LA Chargers undoubtedly have a need in the receiving corps as the production from the WR3 and the WR4 last season was virtually non-existent. The team does have Andre Patton as the current WR3, and while he would be serviceable as the WR4, the team could use an upgrade.

However, I do not think it is a big enough need to spend anything earlier than a fourth-round pick on. While the team does have a hole at the position they also have one of the best wide receiver duos in the entire league while also having a top-10 pass-catching tight end and a top-3 pass-catching running back.

The Chargers need someone who is elusive and can be a reliable pass-catcher in the slot this season. If they can add that in the 2020 NFL Draft then they are golden.

They would add just that in Van Jefferson, who seems to be groomed to be an NFL slot receiver. Coming from a football lineage, Jefferson has the intangibles — the drive, attitude, demeanor — to be a successful NFL player. Sometimes that is half of the battle.

On the field, Jefferson is a great route running and while he does not have blazing speed, he has great elusiveness and release off the line of scrimmage that is going to get him open in short and middle distance routes.

He has some Keenan Allen in his game that he will lure the defender with a seemingly slow, rudimentary route before bursting into the second level to create separation.