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Los Angeles Chargers: Breaking down the 2020 NFL Draft needs

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL with Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, but no other wide receiver stepped up to take the pressure off of them.

Week seven to fifteen, guess how many Chargers wide receivers caught a football other than Keenan Allen and Mike Williams?

One. Andre Patton for a total of two catches, sixteen yards.

You read that right. For nine weeks Keenan Allen and Mike Williams were basically the only receivers on the Chargers. Andre Patton’s season total? Six receptions for 56 yards.

The Chargers desperately need a receiver that can allow Keenan Allen to move between the slot and the X receiver position. Allen’s best statistical pace came in 2015 when he was allowed to move. He was on pace for 140+ receptions and 1,500+ yards before lacerating his kidney.

Keenan Allen is at his best when there is a Malcolm Floyd and Stevie Johnson around to allow him to move across the formation. One perfect fit to allow Keenan Allen to be his best self? Van Jefferson out of Florida.

You talk about another route runner that moves, plays, and runs routes like Keenan Allen? Jefferson could be the perfect guy to add to the Chargers offense and have a seamless involvement with the team. Jefferson also has the speed that the Chargers desperately need.

Another option, and a faster one at that, is Devin Duvernay out of Texas, who ran track, and it shows. Duvernay may have stiffer hips on his routes that bug me a bit, but you want to talk about the perfect slot receiver, and this guy is it.

If you were to ask me who I’d bet on to have the most successful career out of any receiver in the 2020 class, and it’d be Duvernay. Best slot receiver prospect in years.

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