Chargers Senior Bowl prospects: Wide receivers

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After some unsettling news regarding the future of Malcolm Floyd, along with Danario Alexander’s looming free agency and injury issues, wide receiver has all of a sudden become a position the Chargers could address. It appears as though the Chargers will bring back Alexander, but after hitting big with Keenan Allen last year, San Diego should again look to find a diamond in the rough during the draft. The wide receiver class this year is intriguing with Sammy Watkins (Clemson) and Marqise Lee (USC) at the top of the class. Watkins, Lee and Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin all declared early (not elegible for the Senior Bowl) and are the only three wide outs expected to go in the first round. The Chargers have bigger issues to address on defense in earlier rounds and can turn to the Senior Bowl to see some potential playmakers (available in later rounds) that could give the offense an added dimension in 2014.

The talk of the Senior Bowl this week has been Robert Herron. The wide receiver out of Wyoming has been haunting the dreams of the defensive players throughout the week. Herron is listed at 5’10” 187 lbs, but has been winning every single battle at the line of scrimmage. Corners inability to get a bump on him, and play press coverage, has led to a lot of separation. Rumor has it that Herron may enter the 4.2-forty range come combine time. I have been preaching it all offseason: the one thing the Chargers offense is missing is a home-run hitter. Woodhead is more shifty and elusive than he is a long distance threat, Mathews has developed into a power back, and the receiving options are dynamic but not going to force a ton of safety help over the top. Herron finished with 937 yards last season and 9 touchdowns. He went to high school at Dorsey in Los Angeles so returning to SoCal would be a natural fit for the youngster. I will be interested to see where Herron goes in the draft as he very well could be the future of the slot receiver position.

Two bigger receivers having impressive weeks in Mobile are Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin) and Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt). Both of these receivers could become later round options for San Diego if the team is unable to resign big-bodied receiver Danario Alexander.

Abbrederis was the best receiving threat for a good Wisconsin team in 2013. The Badgers focused on keeping the ball on the ground, but the play-action pass opened up a lot of deep balls thrown Abbrederis’ way. The senior finished his career with his first 1,000-yard season in 2013 and tallied over 3,000 yards in his career. Abbrederis is extremely athletic and is expected to run in the 4.4-forty range while also excelling in jump-ball situations.

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