Chargers Draft

Why the Chargers need to draft this player if available at pick 17

By Ben Knudson
Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Cincinnati v Alabama
Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Cincinnati v Alabama / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages
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After seeing how abysmal the Chargers were at stopping the run last season, and how inconsistent right tackle was, it is easy to assume the Chargers need to address the interior defensive line or the offensive line at pick 17. Why have so many mock drafts had the Bolts picking up a receiver at that pick? The answer is actually pretty simple: the Chargers need dynamic playmakers.

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are excellent options for the Chargers. They are both Pro Bowl-level players when they are playing at their potential and they take up a lot of attention from opposing teams. There was a reason why the offense against the Texans didn't look nearly as dynamic when Mike Williams wasn't available. The Chargers need to address the fact that they don't have a player who can make magic happen after catching the ball, besides Austin Ekeler of course.

Jalen Guyton has just about reached his ceiling for what he can be in the NFL. He's a fast player that doesn't get open nearly enough to justify him being WR3. Joshua Palmer seems to be developing well but still isn't going to be a game-changer in the near future due to his average speed and quickness.

So who should the Chargers draft at 17 to make Justin Herbert's job easier?

The answer is clear; Jameson Williams. Williams lit up the college football world last season recording over 1,500 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. His big-play ability shined against stiff competition in the SEC. Before tearing his ACL in the CFP Championship game, Williams had combined for almost 250 yards against college football's best defense in the Georgia Bulldogs. Adding Jameson Williams immediately makes the Chargers offense the scariest offense in the NFL.

With a deep threat as dynamic as Williams, other receivers on the team will benefit. With a safety over the top mirroring Williams due to his frightening speed, the middle of the field will open up significantly.

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will make a great living without receiving double teams all game. Jalen Guyton obviously has the straight-line speed to match up with most receivers in the NFL, but Williams was significantly more productive in college against stiffer competition. The addition wouldn't necessarily mean that Jameson Williams is WR3.

From a game-to-game basis, he would hover anywhere from WR1-WR3 based on production, but the way he would open up the field would help eliminate dry spells in the second and third quarters that doomed the Chargers so often in 2021.

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I'll let this last video do the rest of the talking for me:

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