3. Who is going to get more snaps as the WR3?
Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft one of the biggest roster needs for the LA Chargers was the depth at wide receiver. Outside of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the team had virtually no reliable weapons in the receiving corps and needed to address that, especially for the future with a young quarterback.
And in the draft the team selected two really promising wide receivers. They selected Joe Reed out of Virginia in the fifth round and got one of the biggest steals in the entire draft by selecting K.J Hill in the seventh round.
K.J. Hill was getting fourth-round grades prior to the draft and in any other year where the receiver class was not loaded, I think he could have gone as high as the third round. Instead, the dedicated slot receiver fell to the seventh round.
I genuinely do not think the Chargers were going 100 percent set on drafting another receiver in the seventh round but when a player like Hill falls you cannot pass him up. The fact that he is a dedicated slot receiver makes him a great fit on paper to be the Chargers’ WR3.
However, while he is probably the consensus favorite among fans, I would not consider it a guarantee. Reed is very talented as well and did not drop a single pass over 20 yards in his collegiate career with Virginia. His sure hands are huge for the Chargers.
Plus, Reed provides flexibility in playing on the outside as well. While Hill might be the better option to play in the slot, the Chargers should be utilizing Keenan Allen more often in the slot, and in that case, I probably would rather have Reed on the outside over Hill.
This is kind of a cop-out answer, but I think the two get close to equal playing time at WR3 with Reed getting more overall playing time because of his gadget-play ability as well as special teams capability.
I just hope he becomes a huge impact player on the Chargers. His last name is Reed and he is wearing my favorite number (12), I have to get a jersey.