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San Diego Chargers Draft Watch: Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell

The backup position to RB Ryan Mathews needs a little extra more love in the offseason. Ronnie Brown was a good veteran to have on the roster, but he shouldn’t have seen that much time on the field. He was good in pass protection and was an option in the passing game, but he didn’t provide much of a threat running the football. Teams figured out that Philip Rivers checked down to Brown often and the yards became tougher to gain with those dump-offs to the running back.

Brown will likely be joining a new squad next season or will be hanging up the cleats. I couldn’t imagine the San Diego Chargers keeping him around for another season. If the Chargers don’t fill the backup position through free agency, there should be plenty of options through the draft.

One option could be Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell in the 3rd or 4th round. Bell is a tough, downhill runner with ridiculous balance. He loves, loves, loves to hurdle over defenders. He is a good pass protector and could be an option in the passing game. He would be a nice option during passing downs, while Ryan Mathews gets another chance to take a bulk of the carries.

If Ryan were to go down with injuries, Bell would be able to step up and take the bulk of the carries. I would be worried with Bell’s running style though. He is going to take some big hits and he won’t be able to run over defenders in the NFL like he was able to in college. Hurdling over defenders looks pretty, but one good clip will have the kid landing on his head or slammed down hard from a couple of defenders.

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  • veazy

    Feel bad for Baker. Bell’s gonna take his reps just like in College.

    • Ernie Padaon

      right! was thinking the same exact thing

  • Twags9

    solid pick

  • arnie

    The two things that stand out to me Ernie, durability. The other thing is, YAC, that is yards after contact. Both of tose skills are needed here. On the first impressions, he’s got sloppy footwork and he looks at times to be running more in instinct. Don’t get me wrong, instincts are great, but he’s going to need patience and discipline to set up blocks. He’s going to find getting outside, is going to be a lot more difficult than he’s used to. One last thing, no burst. Maybe i didn’t see it, but it looked like he was running in slow motion.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i agree with you. he wont get the corner like he was able to in college. I do want to see what he runs in the 40 at the combine. he’s not going to be a burner. still believe he is an upgrade over brown.

      • arnie

        Not doubt.

  • Joel Garcia

    This is guy I would love to see the chargers draft ! He reminds me of Adrian Peterson.

  • davacho

    3:05 nice : )

  • Preston Niedert

    I believe the chargers will sign a RB in free agency and draft one as well. they should also look at signing a LT or OG in free agency

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    Don’t we already have a Michigan state rb on the practice squad?
    Joseph Randle rb Oklahoma State – I can see this guy replacing ryan matthews within the four preseason games!

  • Nolan

    Yes yes yes bell he’s perfect

    • Ernie Padaon

      This one was for you

      • Nolan

        Thanks dude I’ve been wanting this guy for ever and I finally get an article about him going to my favorite team!!!!!