Wide Receivers (6): Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyron Johnson, Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer, Joe Reed
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are locks to be WR1 and WR2 respectively. It’s really all about how the Chargers will order the depth chart around them.
For the third receiver on the depth chart, I’d look at Tyron Johnson. ESPN’s Shelley Smith noted that he was the “surprise” of minicamp last week. Johnson isn’t really an unknown after last season in my opinion, but it seems like he’s rocketing up the depth chart quickly. The former 5 star LSU recruit is the most athletic route runner out of the remaining receivers.
Jalen Guyton also had his own breakout season in 2020 as he finished with just over 500 yards on the season. His relationship with Justin Herbert blossomed over the course of the season. While not a perfect deep ball target considering his six drops, he’s an important fixture in the offense. The potential is there for him to continue improving as well.
Bold prediction here-I wouldn’t expect the Chargers to cut a receiver they just drafted in the 3rd round. Josh Palmer may not have a huge role in the 2021, but keep in mind that Williams, Guyton, and Johnson are all free agents next year. Realistically, the Bolts may not be able to keep them all.
The last spot was the toughest spot to decide. K.J. Hill, Joe Reed, Austin Proehl, Jason Moore, John Hurst, and Michael Bandy will all compete for it. Out of all the receiver spots on the depth chart, this is the one that will be most affected by a preseason competition. Reed is my pick to land on the roster given his special teams value and positional versatility. The Chargers also invested the most draft capital in him relative to the other players mentioned.