Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Wide receiver at pick 13 is a fundamentally bad idea

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 11: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the first quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 11: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the first quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Wide receiver is the deepest position of the 2021 Draft

Taking a wide receiver in round one this year wouldn’t just be a mistake from a team needs standpoint, but also in terms of value. On my top 50 big board, I have nine wide receivers. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com ranked wide receiver as the best position group in this class, as have many others.

Wide receiver prospects like Dyami Brown or Elijah Moore may very well be first round picks in other draft classes. This year, they may have to wait until halfway through day two. As always, there will be third, fourth, and fifth round prospects that end up in starting roles for teams.

The difference this year is also the physical attributes of the receivers who could go later. TuTu Atwell is an explosive playmaker out of Louisville with great in game speed that likely won’t even be in the top five or six receivers taken. Demetric Felton’s a great slot receiver prospect that a team could grab on day three.

Someone like Waddle is super tempting because of just how game breaking he could be at the position. However, the position is also loaded with high upside guys who will go on day two or three. Some of those sleeper receivers have the potential for instant impact, and I just don’t think that’s true with tackle or cornerback prospects that will be taken later in this class.

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