Chargers get a new draft target in Rose Bowl thanks to Jim Harbaugh

Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan
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Chargers fans paid extra attention to Monday's Rose Bowl game between Michigan and Alabama for one reason and one reason only: Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh's Wolverines defeated Alabama in overtime to move on to the National Championship, so that will continue to be his main focus as the Chargers head coaching job looms.

Harbaugh wasn't the only person that Chargers fans should have been taking note of in this game. Los Angeles really needs to put together a strong draft class in 2024 and there were a lot of potential draft picks, both in early rounds and in later rounds, that were in action in this game.

Out of all the potential prospects that the Chargers could consider in April, the one that may have surprised the most fans on Monday was Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson. Wilson led all receivers with 73 yards and found the endzone once for a touchdown. Wilson's touchdown was pivotal as it tied the game at 20 late in the fourth quarter. On that touchdown drive, Wilson hauled in the most impressive catch of the day to keep Michigan's season alive.

Roman Wilson could be a Chargers draft pick in just a few months

The Chargers absolutely have to address the wide receiver room in the 2024 NFL Draft and the manner in which they do it will depend. If Malik Nabers is available in the first round then the Chargers simply have to make that selection, which would take Wilson off the table later in the draft.

However, there is a chance that Nabers is picked before the Chargers are on the clock and if that is the case, Brock Bowers becomes the can't-miss prospect in the first round. With the Chargers desperately needing to add to the secondary in the second round, this would push wide receiver off until the middle rounds of the draft.

That is where Wilson is expected to be available. If this is how the situation pans out, and Harbaugh is the coach of the Chargers, then it might just be a lock that Wilson will don the powder blue as a professional.

While Wilson is on the smaller side and that will hurt his ability to make contested catches at the NFL level, he is super quick and knows how to create separation off the line of scrimmage. He would not be a direct replacement for Mike Williams (assuming he is a cap casualty) but he is someone who can learn under Keenan Allen and adopt a similar type of role in the future for the Bolts.

Wilson hauled in 45 catches for 735 yards with 12 touchdowns in the 2023 season. Considering Michigan only averaged 218.9 passing yards per game with J.J. McCarthy, those numbers are pretty dang impressive.