First-round pick Quentin Johnston has not had the kind of impact that Chargers fans were hoping for thus far in his rookie season. Johnston has been forced to step up with Mike Williams sidelined and in five games played the rookie has less than 50 total receiving yards.
Making matters worse is the fact that Zay Flowers and Jordan Addison were picked directly after Johnston. Both of those receivers are already impactful for their respective teams and have just as high, if not higher, of a ceiling.
With the Chargers very much in win-now mode it would not be surprising to see the team trade late-round capital to shore up the receiver room. If so, the team may look to target a young receiver that can potentially be developed into something more than a one-year flier.
3 young WRs the Chargers may trade for in light of Quentin Johnston's struggles:
Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears already traded one wide receiver in Chase Claypool and it would not be surprising to see the fire sale continue. With Justin Fields being out of action for multiple weeks, tank watch has officially started in Chicago. This means selling any assets the team can.
The price for Darnell Mooney would be a late-round pick swap and it would be worth the flier for the Bolts. While Mooney's overall numbers have not been great or consistent, his athletic profile is extremely promising in this Chargers offense.
Mooney has not played for a quarterback who is half as good as Justin Herbert, who will be able to get him more involved than anyone in Chicago could. Mooney may not have the size or contested-catch ability of Williams but he has consistently been a deep-ball threat in his career, which opens the offense.
The Chargers have not been using Johnston to the best of his abilities while Mooney's skill set and athletic profile are more in tune with how the Chargers are using Johnston.