The Chargers found a stud named Keenan Allen last year in the third round of April’s draft. It is never a bad idea to continue to add weapons to your offense, and when you look at the make-up of the Chargers, a big play wide out would enhance this football team. There are plenty of receivers that the Chargers could get their hands on in this May’s draft, but it all depends on what they are willing to do in order to get that player. In my opinion, it is better to wait than to trade up. The Falcons decided to give up a small ransom to trade up and take standout wide receiver, Julio Jones. While Jones has been awesome, the lack of depth on defense is the overwhelming problem in Atlanta. With Jones missing most of the season in 2013, the Falcons were not a good football team. To make a deal for a guy like Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans would be a move similar to what the Falcons did trying to add the final piece. The Chargers glaring need is not another offensive weapon, but that being said, a playmaker on the outside could really open up some things for the likes of Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Allen. Danario Alexander and Malcolm Floyd are question marks as of now (although it appears Alexander will get another chance in San Diego), and because of this uncertainty, finding a receiver opposite of Allen may become crucial for the Chargers. For this week’s Monday mock, I want to look at the receivers that could make this fifth ranked offense even better. Today we will look at the premier players that may slip in the first round or become second/third round options after the combine. Later this week, we will profile some deeper talent.
Let’s start with Marqise Lee who would be a steal if the Chargers were able to snag him at 25. Lee was a dynamic player at Southern California and has been slipping down draft boards due to his inability to stay healthy during his final year at USC. When Lee was on the field, he was arguably the best wide out in college football. In his first two seasons at USC, he accumulated 25 touchdowns 191 receptions and had over 1,100 yards in both of those seasons. In 2013, he was injured the majority of the season, and in 10 games, he caught 50 balls for 673 yards and two touchdowns. Lane Kiffin’s commitment to the run game early in the season didn’t help him at all. Lee, if healthy, has the potential to be a top five wide out and would be a perfect pick for the Chargers.