2013 NFL Draft: San Diego Chargers Should Go After DeAndre Hopkins In Second Round

DeAndre Hopkins San Diego Chargers

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The San Diego Chargers ranked 22nd in the NFL in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception last season, so they have to be better in 2013.

San Diego has the 13th pick in round two of Thursday’s draft, and the front office should go after former Clemson Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins ranks 43rd among prospects and San Diego has the 45th overall pick, so they would more than likely have to find a team that would swap picks with them.

Hopkins is coming off a season in which he had 82 receptions, 1,405 receiving yards and 18 touchdown receptions, ranking second in the NCAA in TD receptions and fourth in receiving yards last season.

A major problem for San Diego’s receiving core was Robert Meachem, who had career-lows in receiving yards and TD receptions after signing a four-year deal worth $25.9 million. Meachem had knee surgery after the 2011 season, so there is a chance that he could have a bounce-back season.

San Diego’s front office re-signed Danario Alexander, who led the team in receiving yards per game, tied for the team lead in TD receptions and ranked third in the NFL in yards per reception.

Another possibility for San Diego in round two is former California Golden Bears WR Keenan Allen, but there was a red flag placed on his drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine. Allen’s agent said that he did not fail a drug test, but a PCL injury along with this red flag does not help his draft stock.

Alexander and Malcom Floyd were bright spots last season, but they are injury-prone and neither is a No. 1 option. A group of really good receivers could make up for this, and hopefully Hopkins will be San Diego’s second-round pick.


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