The deepest positional group in this draft is wide receiver, and the Chargers are in the market for at least one early and another in the later rounds. The Chargers should be keyed in on a speedster on the outside with flexibility to be used in the slot. Kick return and punt return flexibility should also be in consideration. Darius Jennings was brought in for this, but the team will need another person to add to the depth chart. Competition breathes performance, so having multiple players who can push each other will be very important. Here are some second round targets that will be looked at hard.
Denzel Mims shot up the draft boards quickly. He has big hands, long arms with a wingspan that gives him an enormous catch radius. He plays like a big bodied receiver. He is more of a deep threat and uses his frame to wall off defenders and will get up over smaller corners. He doesn’t offer much as a route runner. He also is limited on his route tree. Corners will have a hard time jamming him on the line of scrimmage, but he lacks quick release. His hands are sticky and he uses them well on the outside of his radius. He is extremely physical. He isn’t afraid to go over the middle and usually wins on collisions. He might be the best run blocking receiver and loves to dish out punishment. At 6’3, 210, Mims is an athletic freak who ran a sub 4.4 forty and has room on his frame to gain weight and become a true 50-50 specialist.
Extremely small receiver at 5’8, 175 pounds, but is lightning fast and extremely quick off the line of scrimmage. Used primarily in the slot. Very smooth route runner and is able to set up the defender on double moves. Has a problem with running into traffic on underneath routes which will throw off timing. Uses his speed and agility to get off press coverage. Able to track the ball and adjust to make really tough catches down field, though he sometimes contorts himself to angles that are weird and unnecessary. Needs to learn to not take hits and to protect himself. Extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands and can return punts and kickoffs with great vision. Not a strong run blocker, but can run off defenders and keep them occupied. Tends to be more of a body catcher and will have concentration drops. He is a younger DeSean Jackson and will have the same limitations.
Extremely twitchy receiver with long speed and lateral quickness. Not the biggest player at 5’11, but is able to get the ball at its highest point and come down with 50-50 opportunities. Lack of quarterback play will explain his drop in production in 2019. In fact, he was game planned more in the TCU offense 2018 than 2019 as well. He looked like a totally different player. Has the ability to create space from defenders in his routes. Has the ability to be a great route runner, but will be lazy allowing corners to jump them. Played both out wide and in the slot. Has a 42′ vertical with 4.4 speed. Not a willing run blocker and often misses, allowing his defender to get around him to make tackles. Able to return kicks and punts, and is extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands. Also makes more catches with his hands, rather than his body. Could be drafted in the 20’s, but lack of 2019 stats could make him drop to the second round.
Tall, lanky 6’4 receiver, who played a vital role the past few seasons at Clemson and improved each year. Has extremely long strides in his routes, which takes longer to get up to speed. His routes tend to be more rounded than cut, and he wasn’t asked to run anything advanced. Will high point the ball and turns 50-50 balls into 75-25. Does a great job of angling his body to adjust to the ball in the air. Shows a lot of hand fight in his routes, but would like to see him use more of it at the line of scrimmage. The shake at the line of scrimmage shouldn’t be his first move and instead should use his strength to beat the jam. Will be better out on the boundary, but can play in the slot if asked. He would benefit from adding weight to his lanky frame, especially as a run blocker. Will be a quality red zone target.
Laviska Shenault Jr
Laviska Shenault Jr has had a hard life, losing his father in an accident, which lead to his family losing his home. He is a high-character player, who is loved by coaches and teammates. He has a huge frame at 230 pounds. He plays extremely aggressive, and would rather run through a player than around him. This understandably leads to more injuries, which will cause him to drop down draft boards. He is a great run-blocker and will be a strong special teams contributor early on. He is more quick than fast, which will be fine for short to intermediate routes, but he doesn’t have the speed or ability to separate down field. He does a great job of tracking balls deep and he had reliable hands, I actually like Shenault more as a running back than a receiver. He has more of the frame for it and runs like one too. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands, so it would make sense. I like Shenault, but if I had to pick a bust out of this class of highly-drafted receivers, I think Shenault’s build doesn’t really translates, even if he has great hands. I see him most likely to drop to the third round.
Plays hard every play, regardless of what side the ball is going. He takes off from the line of scrimmage at full speed. Willing run blocker, though has his limitations, but he tries hard. Polished route runner with nice fluid movements on double moves. Has enough speed to go over the top, and has a knack for creating separation. He excels in yards after the catch and has vision to maneuver his way around his blockers. Aiyuk is a great all-around player and doesn’t have any glaring issues. Not many JUCO’s will get the opportunities he’s worked hard for, especially as a second rounder.
Mike Pittman is a big-bodied receiver who will use his size and strength to out-muscle smaller receivers. Has a massive catch radius and will use every bit off it to his advantage when attacking the football. High points and will make some pretty spectacular catches in double coverage. Tall, lanky size will take away from running crisp routes, but he is primarily a deep threat anyways. Size makes him a strong run blocker, and he will drive defenders right out of the play. Didn’t really have his breakout season until his senior year and it massively improved his stock, even in a crowed room. Could fall to the 3rd round, but any other year, he would be considered higher.