A strange thing has been happening to me lately. It's when I lay my head to sleep and then somewhere around the 4th dream of the night, it happens. And I usually wake up afterward, sit up on my bed and shake my head in disappointment. Because I realize it's only a dream.
It's always just a dream.
In my dream it usually starts off with me staring at my TV and the glitzy opening introductions to this year's NFL Draft. Like most dreams, it soon fast forwards through to the relevant parts. In this case it's immediately after the Houston Texans select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Now at this point of the dream, I'm standing there in front of my TV with my heart about to jump out of my chest cavity. My dream-me starts thinking about all the possibilities the Chargers could go with.
Then there is another fast forward. Once again Roger Goodell makes his way to the podium and announces that: "With the 2nd overall pick, The San Diego Chargers select, from the University of Clemson, wide receiver Sammy Watkins."
At this point I'm usually running around the house, in and out of all the rooms, my hands on my head screaming from the top of my lungs something that sounds like 'Holy freaking biscuit!' (Some things in my dream I can't remember clearly) And then I either hit a wall, or I slip on one of my kids' toys and fall to a crash on the floor.
And then I wake up.
This scenario is all but unimaginable for San Diego. But it's not unprecedented.
A few years ago, the Atlanta Falcons bet the farm on a similar trade and all that landed them was some guy named Julio Jones. He of the perennial top-5-receiver category. And honestly, I can say with a straight face that Watkins may be better. Watkins seems to have an explosiveness that only shorter, slot-style wide receivers possess.
And so I say to Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco: "Do it!" Because let's face it, if the Chargers are indeed on the cusp some recurring playoff runs, San Diego is going to be continually drafting in the latter rounds of the next few drafts. It's time that they go all-in and solidify a part of the team that they wouldn't have to address for the next decade or so.
Watkins would enhance the offense and be part of the league's brightest new WR duo alongside Keenan Allen. Imagine an offense with Allen and Watkins split wide, Eddie Royal in the slot, Antonio Gates or Ladarius Green lined up as the tight end, and Ryan Mathews in the backfield. Heck, if it's 3rd down, change out Mathews and motion Danny Woodhead to the other slot position. This is certainly a lineup that is made only in dreams, but it could easily become a reality. I don't care if Denver signs 3 more cornerbacks, quarterback Phillip Rivers is going to do a Peyton Manning on them.
I know San Diego would probably have to give up this year's 1st and 2nd, as well as next year's 1st and maybe a 4th rounder. It's a lot to ask, but I think it would position them that much closer from an offensive standpoint for a Super Bowl run. There's going to be a substantial amount of cap money next year to bring in established veterans to positions that San Diego 'lost' in the traded draft picks. They can shore up whatever defensive holes they need to then.
If I had a choice this is how my dream would play out. San Diego would be primed for another exciting run. I just need to find a way to avoid that wall that keeps waking me up.