In the 6th round you would wonder what kind of talent your team is picking up. 182 players fell off the boards before the San Diego Chargers selected Jordan Todman. Take a further look into this prospect and what he has accomplished in his collegiate career and I am quite positive that you will share the same excitement that I do as I welcome him to our stacked roster. What does Todman bring to the table? Well lets start with his measurables. He sits a short but bulky frame at just under 5’9″ and weighing 203 lbs. He was a top performer at the 2011 NFL scouting combine in almost all categories of testing.
In order to fully appreciate what kind of numbers he puts up lets compare him to Top 2 RB’s drafted, Mark Ingram(1st round, pick 28) and Ryan Williams(2nd round, pick 6).
All 3 of these backs stand at 5’9″ and are close in weight. Todman-203, Ingram-215, Williams-212.
40 yard dash time: Todman-4.40 / Ingram-4.62 / Williams-4.59
Broad jump distance: Todman-126 / Ingram-118 / Williams-123
Bench press reps: Todman-25 / Ingram-21 / Williams-19
Vertical jump: Todman-38.0/ Ingram-31.5 / Williams-40.0
Shuttle time: Todman-4.18/ Ingram-4.62 /Williams-4.18
Now that we know that kind of physical athlete he provides the San Diego Chargers with, lets take a look at what he has done to prove himself as a legitimate starter on the field.
During his campaign with University of Connecticut:
Average yards per carry: 5.2 based on 616 career carries for 3,179 yards.
Total Fumbles: 0. Zero. None. Yes that’s right, in 616 career touches he never once lost the ball!
Touchdowns: 31 rush, 1 Kickoff return
Kick Return average: 25 yards. Based on 37 returns for 924 yards including one returned for a touchdown.
Awards he received:
-2010 Big East Offensive Player of the Year
-All-Big East First Team (2010)
-All-Big East Second Team (2009)
-ESPN.com All-American (2010)
-Rivals 1st Team All-American (2010)
-Sporting News 1st Team All-American (2010)
-AP 2nd Team All-American (2010)
-Walter Camp 2nd Team All-American (2010)
He will make an extremely solid addition to the Chargers and we received great value with this pick. He could make an instant impact on special teams as a return man and could find himself working into a RB rotation eventually.