Chargers Draft

LA Chargers Mock Draft: Team goes all offense, trades back into first round

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 from Oregon of the South Team warms up before the start of the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The Noth Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 from Oregon of the South Team warms up before the start of the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The Noth Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

With the 71st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

The LA Chargers virtually had no production from either the WR3 or WR4 position in 2020. While Andre Patton has some potential, the team needs to add a WR3 in the draft and should be okay with Patton as the WR4.

It is not the biggest draft need in the world, but it is something that the team should address. The Chargers do not need anyone that will revolutionize the passing game, as they have Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler, but they do need something at the position.

That something could come from Bryan Edwards, whose playstyle could fit nicely with the Chargers. Edwards has the prototypical size and speed of an NFL receiver and could be an option both out wide because of his height (6’3″) as well as in the slot because of his speed and agility.

This is important as it could allow Anthony Lynn to get creative and use either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams in the slot more often. If the Chargers draft a thin-bodied speedster that can only play the slot then that same flexibility will not be there.

Williams is a rudimentary route runner and he does not have the best hands in the draft but he has the ability to create separation and would thrive in a setting like the Chargers where he could capitalize on mismatches because of the talent around him.

In an insanely deep wide receiver class, Edwards is someone who really could have been a late-first/early-second in previous years. Here, the Chargers snag him in the third.

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