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LA Chargers: 4 receivers that could be drafted if Mike Williams is cut/traded

Mike Williams of the LA Chargers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Mike Williams is one of the hottest talking points surrounding the LA Chargers this offseason. Williams is set to make over $15 million on his fifth-year rookie option in 2021 and not only is that overpaying for Williams, but it puts the Chargers in a bit of a salary-cap bind.

For that reason, the speculation of whether or not Williams will be on the team next season has been kicked into gear. The most prominent discussion among fans is trading Williams and draft capital to the Baltimore Ravens for left tackle Orlando Brown.

If the Chargers do get rid of Williams, no matter the method, they are going to have to draft a receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft to replace him and there are plenty of options. This article details a potential second-round target, a third-round target, a fourth-round target and one potential sleeper for the late rounds.

Potential second-round target for the LA Chargers: Nico Collins

I would not draft a wide receiver this high in the draft but if the team does get rid of Williams and still has its second-round pick then who knows what they will do. Sometimes Tom Telesco does not make the decision that we are all expecting him to make.

If Telesco does indeed want to spend the second-round pick on a receiver then Nico Collins is the most likely fit. Collins is ranked as the 54th overall prospect on The Draft Network‘s player rankings and the Chargers pick 45th overall in the second round.

What makes Collins intriguing is his size and his ability to replace Williams as the vertical threat for the Bolts. Collins is six-four, the same height as Mike Williams, and has a very similar skillset to Williams.

Amon St. Brown might be the best-case scenario in the second round but I doubt he is available for the Chargers at 45, so Collins would be the most-likely second-round option.