Chargers Draft

3 first-round prospects the Chargers should avoid in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Jameson Williams, Derion Kendrick
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2. Jameson Williams, WR Alabama

The intrigue around the Chargers wide receiver options this offseason is certainly a noteworthy topic. With Mike Williams set to hit free agency and reportedly demanding big money, Jalen Guyton becoming a RFA, Keenan Allen hitting the age of 30, and LA lacking a legitimate YAC receiver, the wide receiver position will have some action in the coming months.

Most Bolts fan seem to agree that WR is not a day-one priority in the draft, yet there has been some speculating that the position could be the subject of selection at 17.

Alabama WR Jameson Williams is one of the top consensus pass-catchers in this draft class. Williams' ability as a threat down the field and after the catch are highly sought after in the modern pass-happy game.

After transferring from Ohio State to Alabama following the 2020 NCAA season, the 6'2" 189-pound weapon racked up 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 receptions this past season. Despite the appeal to a player like Williams, there are a few red flags that indicate the Chargers should stay away from him with their first-round pick.

The first concern with Williams is the fact he's only a one-year player. This issue is becoming less of a topic amongst non-QB's, however, I still believe it carries some merit. There have been plenty of college players who are one year wonders and then fail to live up to expectations in the NFL.

Another concern with the Alabama WR is the fact that the last time we same him on the field, he suffered a devastating ACL injury in the National Championship game. Given today's sports science, recovering from long-term injuries has never been easier, but there are always cases in which players never fully recover to what they once were, and that can be an issue, especially with a speed-reliant player like Williams.

Given some reasonable concerns with Williams and the fact there are larger team needs than WR, I believe the Chargers would be very smart to stay away from selecting him with the 17th pick.

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