Since it is the slow part of the season, I’m going to do some player profiles, starting with our seventh round draft pick, Edwin Baker, RB out of Michigan State.
In his College career, Baker was a three year letter winner and finished with 2,293 rushing yards on 462 carries. That averages out to 5 yards per carry and 65.5 yards per game. He played in 35 games, including 21 starts. He also rushed for 19 career touchdowns and had six 100 yard rushing games.
Before the 2011 season, Baker was named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America Third Team and ranked No. 65 on Rivals.com’s countdown of the nation’s top 100 players. He was also ranked No. 18 on 2011 Preseason Top 25 Heisman Watch List by NationalChamps.net. He was also viewed by many sports media outlets as one of the top running backs in the nation.
In 2010, Baker was a full time starter at running back but when the 2011 season came around, he played sparingly, being beat out by a younger back.
In 2011, Baker ranked second on the team with 665 yards on 170 carries (47.5 ypg.) and five touchdowns.
Some NFL analysts view Baker as being a “gradual accelerator who is good to get to the second level”. He is an inside runner who has a good feel and patience for blocks to develop and is a decent blocker when called upon to do so.
On the down side though, Baker’s weaknesses are that since losing his starting job in college to a younger back, his career seems to have been on the decline and hasn’t displayed the competitiveness that he did in 2010.
Going into the Chargers training camp, Baker will have to compete against Curtis Brinkley, Michael Hayes and Ronnie Brown.
Needless to say, Baker has a huge uphill battle. We’ll see how he climbs it.
You never know.