Jaguars 4 top WR options in 2022 with talent well drying out

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Jaguars WR target No. 1 in 2022 – Mike Williams, FA.

Nothing is set in stone when it comes to players’ availability in the draft. While you can plug in some prospects right out of the game, others take time to adjust in the NFL. That’s why it may be premature to call someone a bust after only two years in the NFL. When the Los Angeles Chargers drafted wide receiver Mike Williams seventh overall in 2017, it looked like they had thrown a selection in the garbage bin, as he dealt with injuries and only hauled in 11 receptions for 95 yards.

However, the former Clemson Tiger showed promise the following year, catching 43 passes for 664 yards with 10 touchdowns. That was just the beginning, as he’s gone one to become a key cog on the Bolts’ offense. In Week 16 of the current season, he reached over 1,000 receiving yards for the second time in three seasons. Now, it’s uncertain whether Williams will hit the open market (the franchise tag is an option) but Los Angeles should have no trouble keeping him, as they are one of the three teams that will have more cap space than the Jaguars in 2022.

In case Williams does become a free agent, the Jags need to make a bid for his services. He’s averaging 15.1 yards per reception this season and his 6-foot-4 frame would be helpful in red-zone situations. With Gallop and Godwin nursing injuries, Williams may be in high demand in free agency and if Jacksonville needs to pay a premium for him, they need to do it.