Chargers Draft

LA Chargers draft: 1 receiver to be excited about from rounds 3-7

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 28: Wide receiver Tylan Wallace #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reaches back to catch a 40-yard pass against defensive back DaMarcus Fields #23 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders to set up a touchdown from the seven yard line in the second quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. OSU won 50-44. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 28: Wide receiver Tylan Wallace #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reaches back to catch a 40-yard pass against defensive back DaMarcus Fields #23 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders to set up a touchdown from the seven yard line in the second quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. OSU won 50-44. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers sixth-round receiver: Rico Bussey Jr

If we are being honest, the one thing that the LA Chargers can hope for this late in the draft is that they strike gold and land a sleeper. If the Bolts are going to take a receiver this late it should be a receiver that has legitimate boom potential, even if there is some bust potential.

The Bolts should not take a receiver this late just to take one, it would have to be someone who the team really loves. There is no point in getting a depth receiver when the team already has that in Joe Reed and K.J. Hill, both of which were drafted last year.

The hope with Rico Bussey Jr is that his athleticism will translate into something special at the NFL level and that he is getting under-scouted simply because he played for Hawaii, which is not the most notable college football team.

Side-note: How in the world doesn’t Hawaii dominate the recruiting scene? They have the biggest location advantage in college football. 

Bussey has above-average athleticism with good size (six-two) that can blossom to be a vertical Z receiver as well as a special teams threat as well. Bussey’s production with Hawaii in 2020 and North Texas in 2019 was very low, however, in 2018 he caught 68 passes for 1,017 yards and 12 touchdowns.

That is a good thing for the LA Chargers. Hope that the low production was simply a product of the team he played for and that the Chargers can tap into that potential in a better offensive scheme to turn him into a sleeper.

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