Williams staying in SoCal?

Mel Kiper looks at the draft needs of four NFL teams, one of which would do well to add USC WR Mike Williams.

Originally Published: January 14, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
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What needs do you think the San Diego Chargers will address during the draft? I think they could benefit from a wide receiver like Braylon Edwards of Michigan or Mike Williams of USC, assuming they are around.
Mark, San Diego
Mike Williams
KIPER -- The Chargers added Keenan McCardell through a trade and now feature tight end Antonio Gates heavily, but with two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 28) they can afford to addresss the passing game even further in the first round. Williams' 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame would look great in a San Diegeo uniform as another red-zone target for quarterback Drew Brees, and he should be on the board at No. 12.

Other than that there are not a lot of major need areas in San Diego, which is surprising for a team that was picked to finish near the bottom of the NFL but went 12-4 instead. The offensive line has been completely restructured, but they might look to add depth at linebacker to help their 3-4 scheme or along the defensive line. But Williams would be a terrific choice at No. 12 and would give San Diego a chance to address other areas later in the first round.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.