Chargers Draft

5 early-round strategies for the Chargers in the 2022 NFL Draft

By Ben Knudson
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Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson
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LA Chargers draft strategy #3: Draft a receiver at 17

The two positions that have the most first-round talent in this year's draft are EDGE and wide receiver. While the Bolts already have a talented wide receiver room with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, it would be nice to add more playmakers to make Justin Herbert's job as easy as possible.

The first receiver drafted will likely be Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State. Unless the Chargers trade up, they are likely not going to land him. That leaves Chris Olave, Jameson Williams, Drake London, and a few others who are seen to have first-round talent.

Olave looks to be the most polished route runner out of the entire class, but it's difficult to tell completely due to the space that he was given in the Ohio State offense. He was a consistent threat no matter who was playing quarterback and always seemed to be open.

Jameson Williams' biggest concern is that he is coming off of a torn ACL in the CFP National Title Game. When healthy, he was the most explosive receiver in the country averaging almost 20 yards per reception on 79 receptions. People who love watching Herbert throw the ball deep should also love the prospect of drafting Williams at pick 17.

Drake London is a big receiver, standing at 6'4'' and weighing 219 pounds. His greatest skill is his size, making him an instant jump-ball threat. The Chargers will likely stay away from London as he has a very similar skillset to Mike Williams.