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Why a Mike Williams trade is unlikely for the LA Chargers

Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The 2021 NFL Draft is loaded with wide receiver talent

And this is the other massive hurdle. Any team that needs a wide receiver enough to even consider trading for Mike Williams can just turn to the 2021 NFL Draft instead. Even the Baltimore Ravens can use a second-round pick to get that vertical threat that the team needs.

If it was a barren draft class and there was a team right on the edge of contending then it would make sense. In that situation, I could see a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are trying to turn around immediately with Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence, being interested in whoever they can get.

That is not the case and teams that have a need are better off drafting someone who will be cheaper, younger and won’t cost another pick later in the draft. Quite frankly, it would be kind of silly to trade for Williams if you have a need at receiver.

Pro Football Focus ranks 12 receivers in the top 100 of the draft big board with another two receivers ranking 106 and 108. That is 14 receivers that will be taken in the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, filling the receiver need for any team that has one.

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So with that being said, if Williams is not a Charger next season it will be because he got cut, not because he was traded.

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