If there is one thing that LA Chargers were clamoring for entering the 2023 NFL Draft it was speed on the offensive side of the ball. The Bolts addressed that desire in both the first and fourth round, taking a pair of TCU receivers in Quentin Johnston and Derius Davis.
The latter also filled another need for the Bolts that was created by DeAndre Carter signing with the Las Vegas Raiders. Davis was one of the most prolific return men in the entire draft and should give the Bolts a huge jolt on special teams.
That alone is going to make him one of the most impactful rookies in the late rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft but fans are also hoping to see his speed on the offensive side of the ball as well. While on paper he seems like a perfect receiver for Justin Herbert to throw bombs to, Davis may not end up having much of a role in Kellen Moore's offense after all.
In a recent interview with 105.3 The Fan, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was asked why KaVontae Turpin didn't have a bigger role in the offense. Lamb had no answer and when Moore's name was brought up, Lamb said all he needed to say without actually saying anything. The look that the star receiver gives seems to indicate that Moore may have been the reason why.
Derius Davis' role in the Chargers offense could be minimal
KaVontae Turpin is one of the best return men in the game who has a very similar profile to Davis. In fact, Davis broke Turpin's all-time punt return touchdown record at TCU in his senior season, creating even more of a connection between the two athletic returners.
Davis is a five-eight, smaller receiver with explosive athleticism (running a 4.36 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine). Turpin is five-even, has a smaller frame like Davis and ran a 4.31 40-yard dash. The two players are extremely similar, so if Turpin struggled to get on offense then the same could be said for Davis.
Thankfully, the Chargers have a lot of depth at the wide receiver position so they are not in need for Davis to play a big role. The top four receivers on the depth chart are insanely talented and Davis might end up being the WR6 if Jalen Guyton is healthy for the start of the season.
And all of this is fine! Davis' special teams impact in his rookie season alone will be worth the fourth-round pick. But any Chargers fans expecting a promising season or looking to find a dynasty sleeper in fantasy football should stay away.