Potential late-round sleeper for the LA Chargers: Warren Jackson
If the LA Chargers want size to replace Mike Williams, whether it be in 2021 or 2022, then they have to look no further than Colorado State’s Warren Jackson. Jackson stands tall alongside Justin Herbert and Donald Parham, coming in at six-foot-six.
Jackson is not the most gifted receiver and he certainly is not the best athlete either. However, we also said that Keenan Allen was not the best athlete coming into the league and if Allen can take Jackson under his wing and help with his footwork and route running then he will be a serious threat in the NFL.
That size is just hard to match up against. He is never going to be shifty or fast but he is going to pose such a big threat for any team that has undersized corners. While not fantastic at making contested catches, he has shown the capability and could become a true outlet for Justin Herbert.
Jackson ranks 201st among all prospects and did not play his senior season in 2020. However, he was spectacular for Colorado State in his junior year. He played 10 games, hauling in 77 receptions for 1,119 yards and eight touchdowns.
Colorado State has been great at creating quality NFL receivers in recent years as well. Michael Gallup was selected in the third round in 2018 and has posted a combined 1,950 yards and 11 touchdowns the last two seasons. Rashard Higgins has been a solid depth receiver for Cleveland as well, recording 500+ yards and 4+ touchdowns in two separate seasons.
It might not be the smartest thing in the world to have a late-round flier be the guy to replace Mike Williams, but I could see a situation in which they have faith in Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton and draft a developmental receiver who could blossom into something truly special.
Warren Jackson could be truly special.