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With the seventh pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.

Below is the reaction of Williams and his family and friends while at Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, per the Twitter account of Janel Klein of NBC Sports.

 

 

 

 

Despite having receiving options in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates, general manager Tom Telesco decided that the future is now, selecting Williams out of Clemson with the team’s first-round pick.

There is no doubt that the former Tiger brings an intimidating force in the red zone, but was the first round the right place to snag a wideout?

Only time will tell.

The kid has phenomenal size and ability, don’t get me wrong.

My concern lies in the fact that if quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t have time to take advantage of all of his weapons, including Williams, all of the offensive toys in the world can’t help the Bolts win games.

(No, they shouldn’t have taken an offensive lineman in Round No. 1.)

One thing worth watching: It will be interesting to see how the wide receiving corps shakes out once final cuts come in August. Perhaps Telesco decides that either — or both — Benjamin or Inman is expendable due to the drafting of a top-tier wide receiver.

Benjamin, signed by the Chargers during the 2016 offseason, was incredibly disappointing as a returner, and didn’t flash much as a receiver in his first year with the team. Inman, despite how much I like him as a player and a person, might be J.A.G. (just a guy) when it comes to filling out an NFL team’s roster, though he seemed to be a trusted target of the aforementioned Rivers last season.

 

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One Response to ICYMI: Los Angeles Chargers select WR Mike Williams with 7th pick

  • OPBolt says:

    Should Chargers have traded down? – Yes, and probably could still have gotten Williams, if that’s who they wanted.
    Should have selected Williams? – Much better players available in my opinion. However, Williams selection tells me that Chargers are trying to protect against the lost production when Allen gets hurt again.
    What happens in round 2? – Well, if they take a CB, it tells me that they are also worried about insuring against injury by Varrett.
    What would I do? – If I could get Malik McDowell, I think I would take him to bookend Bosa and try to create a feared DL. I’m not sure that the OL available here are that much better than those who will be in round 3&4. But I would be happy with a quality CB or Safety.

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