The San Diego Chargers, armed with the 11th overall selection in this year’s draft, are rumored to have interest in Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, according to ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson.
Patterson is a “dark horse possibility” for new head coach Mike McCoy, Williamson said.
The big, strong wideout would certainly add a strong playmaking element to the Charger offense, but few experts have mocked Patterson to San Diego. Instead, most expect the Chargers to target an offensive lineman, such as Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, or Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson.
Quarterback Phillip Rivers has struggled the past two seasons, combining for 35 interceptions and 20 fumbles over that time frame. The team has struggled to complement the 31-year old with weapons, losing wide receiver Vincent Jackson and running back Darren Sproles last offseason. Additionally, tight end Antonio Gates and running back Ryan Matthews have both struggled with injuries, leaving Rivers to work with a less-than stellar group of weapons to work with.
Although it would be tempting to take Patterson, San Diego has bigger needs to address. The team would be better served taking Fisher or Johnson, or trading up for Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, than taking the wideout. The Chargers’ offensive line has fallen apart the last two seasons, and has been a huge reason for Rivers’ struggles. McCoy would be best served taking a page from Andy Reid’s playbook, building from the inside out, rather than reaching for a talented, but raw wide receiver.