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Chargers big board: Ranking the best prospects for the Bolts at 17

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Andrew Booth Jr.
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6. Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson

Cornerback is a legitimate direction that the LA Chargers could go with the 17th overall pick and there is another cornerback who ranks higher than Andrew Booth on this Chargers big board. There is no denying that Booth has first-round talent coming from Clemson but there are some concerns about him as a prospect.

Booth was unable to compete at his Pro Day because of surgery on a sports hernia that he suffered. That might not seem like a big issue, but combine that with the fact that he dealt with various knee problems in college and it is fair to worry about his durability and longevity in the league.

It would not be shocking if the Chargers took Booth if Staley really wanted to take a corner and he was the best available at 17, but if the team is purely drafting on best available, there are five options who would be better.

5. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

There is a chance that Jameson Williams could be taken before the 17th overall pick and some draft analysts have planted their flags that he will be. However, Williams is still the third receiver ranked on many big boards and does have injury concerns. A run at quarterback will probably push him to be taken in the late-teens.

There are a lot of Charger fans who would jump on Williams if he was available at 17 but I have my concerns. There is no denying his talent when healthy but Williams is coming off of a torn ACL from the National Championship Game and will not play until late December at the earliest.

The way I look at it, there are really good receivers in every draft and with the Chargers trying to capitalize on a Super Bowl window, it would be better to take a player who can actually contribute this season. Then next year the team can use a first-round pick on a receiver if needed (let's not forget that they still have Keenan Allen and Mike Williams). Speed at receiver does not have to be taken in round one.

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