Chargers targeting replacement for McCardell

The San Diego Chargers need to give Vincent Jackson some help. After releasing Keenan McCardell, Jackson's only proven running mate is the dependable but underwhelming Eric Parker. Adding a dynamic target opposite Jackson would help open up the offense and ease the burden on Philip Rivers. San Diego may have a player in mind to fill that role, someone the team was scouting at the Senior Bowl.

Jason Hill may be just the player the Chargers are seeking. A receiver from Washington State, Hill (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) started every game during his final three collegiate seasons. During that time, he totaled 148 catches for 2,704 yards and 32 scores. He is the only player in school history to record back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving and his 32 receiving touchdowns rank second in Pac-10 history.

That productivity earned Hill a spot on the Senior Bowl roster, where he showcased his skills amongst the nation's top prospects.

"It was a heck of an experience being out there with guys like Troy Smith, a Heisman Trophy winner, and guys from around the county that I had only seen on TV," Hill said. "It's was good to see those guys in person and compare myself to them. I think I did damn well."

Throughout Senior Bowl week, Hill displayed the ability to create separation downfield. He also showed soft hands, good awareness and a willingness to fight for the ball. Additionally, he looked comfortable making plays along the sideline and was surprisingly effective in the red zone for a player with only average height.

Hill was slightly inconsistent with his routes and could have done a better job setting up defenders, but overall he left a favorable impression on the scouts in attendance. Just as importantly, he performed well in front of numerous legends of the NFL game.

"It's a lot of pressure because those are some big shoes to fill," said Hill of playing in front of so many former stars in attendance at the Senior Bowl. "When you step in between those lines you try not to think about it because it will definitely hinder your play."

Hill's play, however, showed no signs of any hindrance. During the Senior Bowl game, he hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Smith. He also added 35 yards rushing via a reverse on the game's opening drive.

In San Diego, Hill would likely begin as the team's third receiver, working out of the slot before eventually supplanting Parker in the starting line-up. He could see time on special teams, too.

"I'm a hard worker, a guy that's always going to give it his all," Hill said. "I'll definitely bring playmaking skills to any team, whether it's on offense or special teams."

Hill is indeed a playmaker in the truest sense of the word. All statistics aside, he consistently makes plays when his number is called. That quality would make the Chargers appreciably better should the team call his number on draft day.


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