Why the LA Chargers might not draft a receiver at all in 2021 NFL Draft

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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

1. The LA Chargers have more pressing draft needs

It is no secret that the LA Chargers have some pretty pressing draft needs. And while taking a wide receiver in the draft is always fun, the Bolts would be committing roster malpractice if they ignored these needs in the draft and picked a receiver before addressing these holes.

The biggest need is obviously the offensive line and Tom Telesco should really be using at least two early picks on offensive linemen. The team needs to take a tackle with the 13th overall pick in the draft and should be getting interior help as well.

Free agency is always an option and Corey Linsley would be a fantastic pick up at the center position but the Chargers still need much more help. Both left tackle and left guard are currently open and right guard could be open as well if the team (rightfully) cuts Trai Turner.

The team also needs cornerback depth. Casey Hayward and Chris Harris are only going to get one year younger and there is no guarantee that Michael Davis gets re-signed. Even if he does, the team has to start preparing for the future now at the position.

The team also needs an edge rusher. Whether it be a defensive end or outside linebacker, the Chargers need to replace Melvin Ingram with someone who can help Uchenna Nwosu. This need is even larger if the Chargers convert to a 3-4 defense.

They also need an interior defensive lineman who is actually good against the run, more safety depth to potentially replace Rayshawn Jenkins and if Hunter Henry walks tight end becomes a pressing need suddenly as well.

At best, I think the earliest the Chargers would take a receiver is the fourth round and at that point, they would not be getting anyone who adds anything new to the receiving corps in 2021. That pick might be more valuable addressing other roster needs.