The San Diego Chargers practically thrust Keenan Allen into the spotlight in the 2013 season. Though defense is a priority, the Bolts have to address the thin depth at wide receiver this draft with a young and controllable wide receiver.
Noted in an earlier piece about five late-round Mountain West prospects who could end up with the Chargers, Wyoming WR Robert Herron is really one to look at when it comes to depth in San Diego.
His size is obviously one of his bigger knocks against him, but a lot can be said for his speed and potential. Herron clocked his 40-yard dash at 4.48 seconds, but in space he would wreck defenses like Danny Woodhead. Lacking a healthy slot-receiver, Herron would be one of the better fits. Drafting a new slot receiver like Herron would account for Eddie Royal’s health.
Of course if the Chargers are not willing to put Woodhead or Royal on return duty, Herron, comparable in size (5-foot-9 and 193-pounds), could be the special teams star they have been missing. The goal is to not have the 2013 Rookie of the Year on punt returns, so it’s important for the Chargers to find a wide receiver who can play on offense regularly and return kicks.
Without a true fullback in 2014, the Chargers are committing to more receivers on the field. Last year, Philip Rivers was most effective in three wide receiver sets, completing 239-of-343 attempts for 2,815 yards. So to surround Rivers with as many weapons is the best way to keep up with the stockpiling of weapons in Denver.