Chargers Draft Prospectus VIII

Wide receiver is a position that needs to be upgraded. No disrespect to the current troops, but there isn't any long term answer at the position until proven otherwise. The San Diego Chargers jettisoned David Boston this offseason and now are left with lots of number two's, but no number ones.

Kevin Dyson was a fantastic signing for this season, but his contract is for one year. The number two receiver figures to be a mix of Tim Dwight, Eric Parker, Reche Caldwell and Kassim Osgood. The undrafted rookies, Osgood and Parker, have shown more promise than their more heralded counterparts. For Caldwell and Dwight this could be their last hoorah.

Looking ahead, as any franchise should, there is a void here as with many other positions. Yet there is no need to take a receiver in round one as many will be available later on. A Laveranues Coles can be had this year and it is about finding that guy.

For a team with a beleaguered offensive line, stretching the field may not be realistic, but they do need more options and a player that can create space for others as well as open up lanes for LaDainian Tomlinson.

One young man fits the bill and Marty Schottenheimer and Cam Cameron have already seen him enough to know his potential. They coached him at the Senior Bowl and have had nothing but good things to say about him ever since. "Boo Boo" Henderson of LSU is that man.

Devery Henderson
LSU
WR
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 198
Forty: 4.37
Bench (high): 350
Squat: 350
Arms: 31-3/4
Hands: 8-1/2
Power Clean: 242
Body Fat: 4.7%

" A terrific athlete with a good amount of upside potential, Henderson has quickly turned into a complete wide out. His quickness coupled with route running skills make him a perfect fit in a West Coast offense yet his overall receiving skills can be plugged into any system. " Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


Henderson is a first round talent that has only been playing wide receiver for two seasons. He has been overshadowed by Michael Clayton, but is one of the most explosive players that will enter the 2004 NFL Draft.

One of the big things Henderson lacks is in game experience. In 2004 no one would have known it was his second season playing wide receiver. He caught 53 passes and eleven went for touchdowns.

The other perceived issue with Henderson is a questionable work ethic. Most of that talk comes from the classroom and teams are hoping it does not carry over to the football field.

What intrigues teams is his explosiveness. He could be the fastest receiver in the draft and is a definite threat after the catch.

The Chargers have been fond of Henderson since the Senior Bowl and the feeling is mutual.

"I was coached real well," Henderson said of his time with the Chargers staff. "I adjusted well to the system and had a real good time thanks to the coaching staff."

Henderson has had a few invites, but they did not come to early April and he declined to comment on more specifics.

He is a raw talent. While the second round may be a bit high for someone with so little experience, his boom ratio could earn him a nod early. He has the potential to be a number one receiver in the NFL and the Chargers may have to take a receiver to groom as they seemingly lack one on the roster. Henderson could be that guy.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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