Chargers draft preview: WRs to consider

The San Diego Chargers produced the steal of last year's draft, with general manager Tom Telesco selecting receiver Keenan Allen in the third round.

Now, Telesco's looking for an encore, as the Chargers seek a complement to Allen on the perimeter, giving Philip Rivers another playmaker.

Telesco has plenty of options to choose from when it comes to this year's draft. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper predicts six-to-eight receivers will be selected in the first round, with plenty more talented pass catchers available in the later rounds.

For that reason, the Chargers could be better off passing on receiver in the opening round, still getting a talented player later in the draft.

"With the receiver class, a lot of juniors declared, and a lot of them are good," Telesco said. "So it's deep, and there's all different style of guys. There are guys that are clean -- height, weight, speed and are good players. There's some big receivers that maybe aren't that fast, but are still really talented. And there are some smaller guys that can really run and make plays.

"So there's a lot of different style to choose from."

Best WR drafted since 2004: Selected in the second round of the 2005 draft out of Northern Colorado, Vincent Jackson developed into one of the premier, big-play receivers in the NFL. A three-time Pro Bowler, Jackson had a very public contract dispute with the Chargers that ultimately led to him joining Tampa Bay during free agency in 2012.

Worst WR drafted since 2004: Selected in the first round (No. 30 overall) of the 2007 draft out of LSU, Craig "Buster" Davis had trouble staying healthy, playing in 26 games over four seasons. The Chargers released Davis in 2011.

WR depth chart: Starters -- Keenan Allen ($505,000 in total compensation in 2014), Vincent Brown ($1.431 million). Slot receiver -- Eddie Royal ($3.5 million). Reserves -- Seyi Ajirotutu ($795,000), Malcom Floyd ($2.75 million), Tobais Palmer ($420,000) Dontrelle Inman ($435,000).

A review of receivers San Diego might select in each round of this year's draft:

First round, No. 25 pick: Brandin Cooks, 5-10, 189, Oregon State

Eric's rationale: The 2013 Fred Biletnikoff winner, awarded to the nation's best receiver, Cooks finished his college career with 39 total touchdowns.

Second round, No. 57 pick: Davante Adams, 6-1, 212, Fresno State

Eric's rationale: Adams led the nation last season with 131 catches for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Third round, No. 89 pick: Bruce Ellington, 5-9, 197, South Carolina

Eric's rationale: The former basketball player has good return and run-after-catch ability.

Fourth round, No. 125 pick: Robert Herron, 5-9, 193, Wyoming

Eric's rationale: The Los Angeles native has speed to burn, and also can return kicks.

Fifth round, No. 165 pick: Brandon Coleman, 6-6, 225, Rutgers

Eric's rationale: A big target that could stretch the field vertically opposite Allen.

Sixth round, No. 201 pick: Michael Campanaro, 5-9, 192, Wake Forest

Eric's rationale: Cat-quick in the middle of the field like Wes Welker, Campanaro could be groomed as the eventual replacement for Eddie Royal.

Seventh round, No. 240 pick: Torrence Allen, 6-0, 183, West Texas A&M

Eric's rationale: Put up big numbers for the Division II Buffaloes (87 catches for 1,430 yards, 12 TDs), and also had an impressive pro day (4.4-second, 40-yard time, 40-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump).