The 2022 NFL Draft is less than a month away and following the moves of a busy offseason, many fans want to see the LA Chargers draft a wide receiver with the 17th overall pick. There is a talented crop of receivers in the draft class this year and after seeing the recent success of Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, the idea of drafting another elite weapon for Justin Herbert is enticing.
While drafting a wide receiver in the first round was definitely in the realm of possibility heading into the offseason, with the current status of the team and what they have indirectly told us, it does not seem likely that a wideout will be the pick at 17.
3 reasons why the LA Chargers won't draft a wide receiver at 17:
1. Faith in the receiving corps
Whether or not the fanbase trusts the receiving corps in 2022 does not matter. All that matters is how Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley feel about the receiving corps and it really does seem like they think the team is in a great position in 2022.
The Chargers still have one of the best wideouts in the league in Keenan Allen, who yes, will eventually regress, but is still producing at a Pro Bowl level. Some are also concerned about the consistency of Mike Williams but the Chargers have already indirectly told us that they do not have the same concerns. If the Bolts were concerned with Williams being consistent then they wouldn't have signed him to a three-year, $60 million contract.
Telesco and Staley have also been very complimentary of Joshua Palmer every chance they get. With two perceived no. 1 receivers on the roster and a young receiver that is expected to take the leap in year two, the Chargers may not view receiver as a first-round need. Yes, Staley and Telesco have also mentioned needing to add speed to the receiver room but you can add speed without a first-round pick.
Which leads us to our second point...