Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: 2 players to absolutely stay away from with pick 13

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 9: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a pass for a touchdown during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 38-7. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 9: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a pass for a touchdown during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 38-7. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Jaylen Waddle

It is almost a foregone conclusion that Jaylen Waddle will be on the board for the LA Chargers to potentially pick at 13. With the 3-4 quarterbacks, two receivers, Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater and potentially two corners, there are not enough picks before the Chargers for Waddle to be selected.

Fans know that and there is a collection of Chargers fans who want to see the team select Jaylen Waddle with the 13th overall pick. While it would be fun to see Waddle catching passes from Justin Herbert, it would be poor roster building to do so.

The Chargers have two solid receivers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams as well as one of the best receiving backs in the league in Austin Ekeler. Tyron Johnson really took a step up in 2020 as well and is more than good enough to be the team’s third receiving option.

There are bigger needs that need to be addressed than getting a receiver just because it would be fun. This is not Madden where the route to win is to get the best receivers and go air raid. This is a team that needs to protect Justin Herbert and needs to address the defense before even thinking about a wide receiver.

Waddle is super explosive but that does not guarantee that he will even make an impact in year one. Henry Ruggs is super explosive but he did not do much for the Las Vegas Raiders in his rookie season.

There will be more exciting receiving prospects next year that the Chargers can pick early in the draft if Mike Williams leaves the team and there are exciting options that can provide what the team needs later in this draft as well.

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