LA Chargers: “Steal a Player” series – NFC East
From the Washington Redskins, the LA Chargers steal…
WR Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin currently looks like the next young receiver to rise up in the NFC East. The Washington wideout led the team in receiving yards in his rookie year. His 919 receiving yards was almost triple the production of the Redskins’ next leading receivers.
What McLaurin could bring to the Chargers is something they don’t really have-speed. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are both great at what they do. Allen’s route running and possession receiving might be second to none, and we know that Williams is an awesome deep threat for the Chargers. Neither of them have 4.35 speed though. 222 of McLaurin’s 919 yards were yards after the catch.
The Chargers are also a little thin at receiver, at least for now. Time will tell as to how Joe Reed and K.J Hill pan out, but they could use a quick receiver that can make an immediate impact.
McLaurin is going to be a star wide receiver into this league. For evidence of that, look no further than PFF grades of some of the decade’s best rookie receivers. Michael Thomas and Mike Evans actually graded below McLaurin in their rookie seasons. Only Odell Beckham Jr. had a rookie season that graded higher than the McLaurin.
With a cheap contract and production that has the potential to skyrocket over the next few years, “Scary Terry” is a perfect complement to Allen and Williams as a receiver. His catching, route running ability, and dynamic athleticism make him one of the few bright spots for a struggling Washington franchise.