3 receivers the Chargers can draft to replace DeAndre Carter as returner
By Jason Reed
Tre Tucker, Cincinnati
There is a pair of interesting receivers in the 2023 NFL Draft from Cincinnati. Tyler Scott is one of the quickest receivers in the draft and would add a jolt of athleticism to the Chargers offense that fans have been asking for.
Despite his athleticism, he is not the receiver with the most potential as a returner from Cincinnati. That honor instead goes to Tre Tucker. Tucker posted great numbers as a returner for Cincinnati and could slide right into Carter's previous role with the team.
Tucker returned a total of 67 kicks in college, averaging 24.9 yards per return with two touchdowns. His punt return experience is limited but with his athletic profile, he should have no problem in that role under Ryan Ficken.
The five-nine receiver ran a 4.40 40-yard dash and projects to be very similar to Carter in the NFL. He is not someone who is going to be able to run at defenses and make contested catches. He is someone who is going to have to work underneath the field as a YAC target.
But that is fine with what else the Chargers have in the offense. If the team implements his skillset as a YAC receiver and benefits from his potential as a returner then it would be a solid selection. Tucker ranks 198th on the consensus big board, making him a candidate to be taken in the sixth round.