Former Bills and 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson chose to sign with the Chargers on Tuesday for three years and about $10.5 million. That fills a much-needed veteran receiver spot after Eddie Royal signed with the Bears. So, are they done? Do the Bolts need to draft a receiver? Yes, they still need to draft a receiver.

Receivers currently on the active roster: Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Stevie Johnson, Jacoby Jones, and Dontrelle Inman.

Allen is the youngest at 22, and the one with the most upside. The second youngest is Inman. He played a total of two games last season and did fine, but seems to have little upside. Johnson, 28, has seen his production fall off since his last season in Buffalo (2013). Floyd and Jones are 33 and 30, respectively. M-80 is two seasons removed from what could have been a career-ending neck injury. In 2014, he played a 16-game season for the second time in his career. Jacoby seems to be more of a deep threat receiver than an every down receiver. So, with that being said, the depth on this team in the receiving corps is still thin.

Some receivers to watch for in this upcoming draft:

This year’s NFL draft is loaded with wide receivers. This is a perfect opportunity for the Bolts to draft one. Here’s a few that could be there for San Diego at pick #17:

DeVante Parker: Senior from Louisville 6’3″, 209 pounds.

He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 36 1/2 inches. His last season at Louisville he had 43 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns. He leaves Louisville with 2,775 career receiving yards and 33 career touchdown catches, ranking him in the top-five in Louisville football history in those categories. Every time I watched him, he looked a lot like Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. He could come in right away and help out.

Jaelen Strong: Junior from Arizona State 6’2″, 217 pounds.

He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 42 inches. His last season at Arizona State he had 82 catches for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is a very good jump-ball receiver who is a crisp route runner. His hands are the best part about him. He has hands similar to those of Odell Beckham Jr, as in the ball sticks to him. He could have an impact day one.

Dorial Green-Beckham: 6’5″, 237 pounds.

He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 33 1/2. He transferred from Missouri to Oklahoma and was suspended for the 2014 season. But in the final season he played, he had 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has a big catching radius and quarterbacks can just throw the ball up to him, something Philip Rivers loves to do. He has been compared to Julio Jones, in terms of talent. His off-the-field trouble has him ranked as the fifth best receiver by many in this draft class. If it wasn’t for the off-the-field troubles, he could very well be battling Amari Cooper and Kevin White for the number one ranked receiver in the class.

The Chargers should take a look at all three of these options at #17 for receiver help. If this is the way general manager Tom Telesco wants to go, he will add an immediate starter and a future number one receiver to go along with Keenan Allen. What do you guys think? Who do you like in the draft? Let me know below!

Zak Darman

5 Responses to Do the Chargers still need to draft a wide receiver?

  • Arnie says:

    I love how this is working out. TT has still managed to not let me down and I expect him to look for that talented WR that will be a Charger for next ten seasons. FA maintains his commitment to winning now, without selling the future. The colts were in the playoffs for “ten straight years”, I would like to be able to say that for my team. Apart of that success is about this very subject, WR. Now is the time to being I a you draft pick, that can learn the system without the pressure to preform, “right now”. If they do, that’s icing on the cake.

    • Zak Darman
      Zak Darman says:

      Thanks for the reply, Arnie.

      I think Telesco has done a fantastic job this off season. He hasn’t over spent on players like Suh or Murray. He re-signed two of the best players on the market in Flowers and Dunlap while also signing players in position of needs in Jacoby Jones (KR/PR), Orlando Franklin (OG) and Stevie Johnson (WR). Draft is where teams succeed and this years will be a big one

  • OPBolt says:

    I don’t believe WR is such a priority at this point that we should reach down for a WR at #17, if other, better players are available. I like what TT has done so far – he got guys we really needed and is backfilling the bench, setting us up to be able to let the draft board come to us. By the way, everyone seems to forget all those players we were chattering about during OTAs and TC last year, who went onto IR. Well, those guys are back and part of the equation.

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