Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: 5 optimal first-round picks at number 13

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive back Caleb Farley #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts following a defensive play against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half at Lane Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive back Caleb Farley #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts following a defensive play against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half at Lane Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

4. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

I know “wide receiver” is the last thing Charger fans want to see come out of Roger Goodell’s mouth in all its awkward glory at number 13, but there’s a very good chance Jaylen Waddle out of Alabama is there for the Bolts at that point.

The rumor going around is that DeVonta Smith is going to drop. If DeVonta Smith drops, you can pretty much be sure that Waddle will drop as well.

Atlanta could be looking to take Kyle Pitts who’s a de facto receiver some would say. Cincinnati could very well be going receiver after losing AJ Green this offseason.

Detroit, Carolina, the Giants, and Philadelphia are all in that mix as well.

All of those teams can take a receiver and/or Kyle Pitts depending on who’s available once their number comes up. But at the same time, we have four top receivers with Kadarius Toney arguably in there as well, 6 teams that are before the Chargers who can eat them up, one team in the Falcons that should be taking a quarterback, another team in the Panthers who could be trading back, one team in the Bengals who could very well be going offensive tackle, and one team in the Eagles who isn’t making very good decisions as of late.

My gut tells me DeVonta Smith is going to fall, and if he falls, so too will Jaylen Waddle in all likelihood. And before you know it, Jaylen Waddle is sitting right there for you at number 13.

Now I know, I know y’all love Joe Reed and KJ Hill, but if Jaylen Waddle is there and you know as a Chargers fan that in order to have a prayer at beating the Chiefs, you need to be able to run and gun with them, how do you not take him just out of the piling on effect?

Plus, doesn’t “Jaylen Waddle” just sound like a Charger name?

Names are very important in sports, especially football. We all learned this in kindergarten.

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