Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Dissecting the 2 main arguments for receiver at 13

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs on his way to scoring a 51-yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs on his way to scoring a 51-yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Many expect the LA Chargers to either select an offensive tackle or cornerback in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The team currently does not have a starting left tackle nor a second starting outside corner.

Those two positions are the bigger need and offensive tackle especially is harder to find later in the draft. There are some talented corners that the team could land in the second or third round that Brandon Staley could maximize. As far as offensive tackle, there is a big drop-off from the first-round tackles to the second-round tackles.

Yet despite this, there is still the belief that the Chargers might select the best player available with the 13th overall pick, in this case being one of Devonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle. The argument is simple: if the top two tackles (Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater) and the top two corners (Patrick Surtain, Jaycee Horn) are off the board then the Chargers should take Waddle/Smith.

That is not what the LA Chargers should do.

We have already broken down why taking a wide receiver at 13 is a bad move for the team and sparked some debates on Twitter about whether or not it really would be a mistake for the Chargers.

In those debates, there were some pretty common debate points in favor of the Chargers taking a receiver at 13. Today, we dissect those arguments in depth.

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