4 way-too-early potential first-round needs in 2023 for the LA Chargers

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Keenan Allen, Mike Williams
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3. Wide receiver

There were a lot of fans who wanted the LA Chargers to take a wide receiver in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft but after the elite crop of receivers was off the board it was not worth it for the Bolts. We will never know if the Chargers would have taken someone like Chris Olave over Zion Johnson.

Personally, I never loved the idea of taking a receiver in the first round this year as I think that is something that makes more sense in 2023. The team just spent big on Mike Williams and still has one of the best 1-2 punches at receiver in the league.

More importantly, 2022 will serve as a big year for Joshua Palmer. It is clear that the Chargers are high on Palmer being the WR3 in this offense and if he takes strides in year two and proves to be a qualified receiver then the Bolts may not target a first-round receiver at all next season.

However, two things are possible that could lead the Bolts to target a receiver next year. First, Palmer may not make that leap and wanting to capitalize on Justin Herbert's rookie window, the Chargers may not waste any more time and draft a first-round receiver to bolster the offense.

The other possibility is that this is the first season in which Keenan Allen starts to regress. While his style of play should bode well for regression, it will happen at some point and with Allen being 30 in 2022, we could start to see that arrow pointing down.