The newest member of the Los Angeles Chargers is Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams. General manager Tom Telesco and new coach Anthony Lynn made the 6-foot-1, 212 pound receiver the No. 7 pick on Thursday night.
Los Angeles could have gone a number of directions with their first pick, including both safety and defensive end who were widely mocked to the team. However, Williams immediately deepens the receiving corps while adding insurance opposite Keenan Allen.
Also, the improving offense adds another weapon for franchise quarterback Philip Rivers to take advantage of next season. Williams is athletic and fast, able to compete on the outside and help move the football down he field.
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Williams recorded 98 catches and over 1,300 yards during the regular season last year for the Tigers. Against defending national champion, Alabama, in this year’s championship Williams made eight catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Expect Williams to have an immediate impact on the offense moving forward. His ability and background definitely make him worthy of a top-10 selection, improving the offense.
Rounds two and three commence tomorrow with Los Angeles currently scheduled for two additional selections. After addressing wide receiver the Chargers could focus on an additional defensive end to line up opposite last year’s first-round pick, Joey Bosa.
If not defensive line, Los Angeles may target a safety or an offensive guard in their next few picks.