The Chargers offense found a way to be a top-10 unit in the NFL despite playing numerous former undrafted players at wideout and along the offensive line. At one point near the middle of the season, Herbert had actually thrown as many touchdowns to former UDFAs as he did to players like Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry.
So what would a Chargers offense look like if they decided to add another first-round talent who could run like the wind? That’s the world Bolt fans could live in if the team decides to grab someone like Alabama wideout Jaylen Waddle, who gets paired with the Chargers in Chris Trapasso’s latest mock draft at CBS Sports.
“The Chargers need to get Justin Herbert more weapons, especially those who can stretch the field,” says Trapasso. “Waddle absolutely can do that.”
Waddle missed all but five games during the regular season after suffering an ankle injury, but that didn’t stop him from returning just enough to catch three passes in the national championship game against Ohio State. In those five games prior to injury, Waddle caught 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns, averaging an emphatic 22 yards per catch.
For his career, the speedster ended with 1,999 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 106 receptions.
Waddle also has the ability to contribute right away on special teams as a return guy, which may be one of the biggest areas where he’ll make an impact at the next level. While in Tuscaloosa, he returned a pair of punts and a kickoff for a touchdown during his first two seasons.