LA Chargers: Wide receiver at pick 13 is a fundamentally bad idea
The current LA Chargers’ wideout group is fine
Keenan Allen is going to go for 1,000+ yards and 100+ receptions like it’s clockwork. Mike Williams will still contribute a lot as wide receiver two, especially with a complete offseason to work with Justin Herbert.
Williams’ perceived lack of development may draw the ire of Chargers fans, but he does have about 100 catches for 1800 yards over the last two seasons. For a WR2, that is good production.
Past those two obvious starters on the roster, the depth is improving. Jalen Guyton took strides last year despite still having issues with drops. Tyron Johnson showed us a very interesting skill set with high-end athletic traits that I want to see more of in 2021.
Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith would be obviously be better than those two guys, but again, it’s about value. For the WR3 role, I’d rather have guys that can continue working and building off of their potential than a luxury pick that leaves the team barren at other positions.
It’s also worth pointing out the fact that the Chargers drafted two wide receivers last year who still have good potential. K.J. Hill had a pretty solid game against the Raiders when his number was called on. I don’t think he’ll develop into Keenan Allen or anything like some fans expected after they “stole” him in the seventh round, but he can be a quality starting slot eventually.
The new coaching staff will also have a chance to look at Joe Reed following the previous coaching staff not using him as a wideout. If Reed develops as a route runner and Joe Lombardi takes a liking to him, the Chargers are now six receivers deep.
Even Brandon Staley agrees. Staley said that the LA Chargers have a complete receiving group.
For the record, I support the Chargers taking a wide receiver later in the draft. On day two or three, take one and add to the depth at that position. But their wide receiver room is nowhere near bad enough to necessitate a wideout in round one.