Chargers Trade Up in First Round for Ryan Matthews

In a shocking development, the San Diego Chargers have traded picks with the Miami Dolphins in the first round in a blockbuster move that gives the San Diego Chargers the 12th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Already in trade news, the Chargers traded Charlie Whitehurst to the Seahawks for the 8th pick in the second round.

Now, with the 12th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select Ryan Mathews, Running Back, Fresno State.

We finally know the face of the successor to the great LaDainian Tomlinson and I could not be any happier.

Mathews was not expected to stay on the board very long, but trading up to 12th overall has sent shockwaves through the leage as the Chargers cement themselves as one of the scariest teams of 2010 by filling one of their biggest vacancies with the second best running back prospect in the entire draft.

Just as they jumped from 28th to 12th in the first round, the Chargers went all the way up to the eighth pick in the second round. Is it going to be Terrence Cody or maybe Dan Williams? Voice your opinions in the comment box below. We also need a corner back and a guard. You never know, me might be surprised again. It’s amazing how futile anyones attempt to predict the draft really are. I, for one, am in love with that.

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  • dale Standfast

    You left out one minor detail…the Chargers traded away the 40th selection to move up and select Matthews. They could have picked 28 and 40, but chose instead to pick at 12. They did move up 16 spots in the 4th round and added Miami’s 6th round pick, but also gave up Dobbins.

    • jdcharger14


      it seems to me they gave miami a helluva of a lot to move up. i know the talking heads are speculating that houston or the pats wanted matthews as well but giving dobbins without at least a player in return is a bit much. do the bolts have any third round picks? and did they get nothing for osgood? i now live out of state and rely on this site for info. much thanks

      • Chris Bowen

        Hey, JD. I will do what I can for any out of state Charger fan. Kassim Osgood left as an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a wide receiver, He was mostly a special teams for us and never really had a receiving rold with people like Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd around. He wanted a chance to shine as a receiver and he will get that shot in Jacksonville.

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  • mathas

    Agreed. While the Bolts are deep at LB, we did give up a lot. Expect Cooper and Burnett to start at ILB and Merriman and Phillips at OLB. That leaves Siler, Applewhite, Beckwith, Holt and English as backups(for now). RM is a big running back and fast enough to keep defenses honest. Not sure where the Bolts will fill their need for a NT (they may stay with the D line by committee scheme)but they currently hagve a few draft picks from last year on the D line that could be developed.

  • Chris Bowen

    Good point, mathas. They are deep at LB. I like the English/Phillips combination at ROLB, but I want to see more from Larry English this year. Though we do have some of those previous draft picks, they are only giving us depth right now. We don’t really have a true nose tackle at the position, We need to get bigger at the position after the way our rushing defense collapsed last year. Too many yards taken right up the gut.

  • Brandon

    Matthews is an amazing running back and a definite high draft talent. If you look at his averages you will know this for sure. If you are someone who is gonna complain that he’s not from a bcs aq conference, check out his numbers against top 25 schools. They are just as good, if not better than against WAC schools. Remember this guy led the country in rushing and missed almost a game and a half with a concussion. He was definitely the best pick for the chargers who not only solidify their running game but also open up Darren sproles to bust open big plays.