Something happened last April. There was an NFL draft, and there were multiple rounds and picks, but most importantly, there was a run of wide receiver selections late in the first round. That's when the Chargers drafted Quentin Johnston with the 21st pick followed by the Ravens picking Zay Flowers with the 22nd.
That's only the background to what happened on an actual football field in Los Angeles last Sunday as the Ravens went on to defeat the Chargers 20-10, clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC (and the AFC North by extension), put the Chargers' season basically to the sword...
...and did all of that with a rookie wide receiver in Zay Flowers who painted LA's face up and down and left to right making their Johnston decision look foolish, to say the least.
Flowers scored two touchdowns against the Chargers, one receiving a pass from Lamar Jackson and the other one rushing the rock for a 37-yard score late in the game that pretty much finished all chances of a Los Angeles comeback.
Meanwhile, Johnston did nothing. Well, actually, he did something. The rookie wideout caught one pass for seven yards. He nearly missed the entire second half of the game against the Ravens after suffering an injury.
Overall, Johnston has appeared in 11 games this season although he's started only five of them as one of the main wide receivers in Los Angeles' offense. He has 21 receptions for 190 yards and one touchdown. His biggest run (he's attempted one) went for... two yards.
Flowers has played 12 games starting all of them. He has racked up 613 yards on 58 receptions (both figures lead all Ravens pass catchers) while scoring two receiving touchdowns (he bagged his first one in London, no less!). He's also rushed the rock 8 times for 56 yards and another score, that one coming on SNF against the Chargers.
It's not even a full season, but it's starting to look like the Chargers entirely whiffed on their 2023 first-round pick while leaving the door open for Baltimore to snatch the true, legitimate, bonafide WR1 belonging to this year's class of draftees.
And we love it. Give Los Angeles some Flowers.