The LA Chargers have one of the 10 best receiving corps in the NFL.
The wide receiver position was a big need for the LA Chargers heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. The team got virtually no production out of the WR3/4 position last season and needed to add depth behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.
It was such a need that the Chargers drafted two wide receivers in the draft. The team drafted Joe Reed in the fifth round, who is slated to be a great gadget-play option as well as a special teams’ returner.
The team then drafted Ohio State’s all-time leading receiver, K.J. Hill, in the seventh round. Hill was one of the biggest steals of the entire draft, by any team, and should slot in nicely in the receiving corps as he was a slot receiver in college.
With Allen and Williams already on the roster, it is safe to say that NFL minds are taking notice of the LA Chargers’ receiving corps heading into 2020.
Pro Football Focus ranks the LA Chargers’ receiving corps 7th in the league
Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 receiving corps in the league heading into the 2020 season and the Chargers ranked surprisingly high on the list, coming in with the seventh-best receiving corps in the NFL.
Linsey quotes that Allen is the third highest-rated receiver in the NBA over the last three seasons and has ample help alongside him with a great deep threat in Williams and an NFL-ready slot receiver in Hill.
Linsey even cites Patton, who really has not done much for the Chargers in his NFL career, but is an excitingly fast prospect that the team seems to like enough to keep around.
Only two teams ranked ahead of the Chargers are from the AFC. The Kansas City Chiefs were ranked second (behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and the Buffalo Bills ranked fifth with the addition of Stefon Diggs.
The Bolts are not very far ahead of the rest of the AFC West, though. The Denver Broncos, with their new-look receiving corps, ranked only three spots behind the Chargers at 10th while the Raiders ranked the worst in the division at 19th.
If the Chargers’ receiving corps truly does end up being a top-seven in the league next season then that is going to be huge for Tyrod Taylor, who is taking over under center for the time being until Justin Herbert is ready.
The narrative all offseason is that Taylor did not have the weapons in Buffalo that he currently has in LA. Many Charger fans are expecting a solid year out of Taylor as a result, and this is a good argument for that to be the case.