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San Diego Chargers have shown intetest in Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell

I think we can all agree that Ryan Matthews still has a lot to prove to us as Charger fans. Injuries have haunted him every single season and the question marks about his abilities are becoming bigger every year. Even with the free agent acquisition of Danny Woodhead and the return of Ronnie Brown, it is clear that Chargers running game is a clear area of concern.

Back in February I had written a two part column on how the chargers could fix their running game. Part two of that article was aimed toward finding a running back through the draft. According to, The Chargers are one of the teams that have shown the most interest in Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell.

Bell had one of the best performances from a running back at the combine. At 6’2 and 244 pounds, Bell is and extremely versatile back. Not only is he a downhill runner with tremendous power, but he has the flex ability of pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. Bell is built like a brick wall with good tackle breaking ability and a strong frame to push for extra yards.

While I think that Bell would be a great addition to our backfield, his combine performance has his stock on the rise and he could possibly be off the board in the second round. Unfortunately, because the Chargers have greater holes to fill in the first two rounds, the only scenario where I could see getting Bell would be if we traded back in the first and acquired an extra second round pick.

What do you fans think? Is Le’Veon Bell worth a shot?

By Jake Hefner #BOLTSOHARD

Is Le’Veon Bell worth a shot?

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    He’s a big dude, Battle would be gone in a heart beat if we drafted him (wait is Battle still on the roster? he shouldn’t be lol)

    I would say even if we traded back and got a second 2nd round pick it wouldn’t be a running back. Gotta fill the vacant starting positions before we get our backup running back. Maybe 3rd or 4th round.

    • davacho


    • Rob Base

      How bout Barner in the 4th or 5th rd?

      • Sergio Quintero

        I’m for a bigger back even if he’s slow, I want a RB that can take 20 carries per game, in case Mathews misses his 1-3 game a season. Barner is much too similar to Woodhead for me.

        • Rob Base

          Very good point there and good comparison.

    • Sergio Quintero

      With Rb’s being a relatively easy position to find, and having other needs I just can’t see taking a RB in the second round, no sooner than 4th round for me. How about a Stepfan Taylor 4-5 round area.

      • boltingindiego

        i like that or if franklins their. Also the sec rb’s can be found later in the draft.

        • Sergio Quintero

          I like Jonathan Franklin a lot, I just can’t see him available in the 4th round, if he is run up with the card and take him.

  • Lee

    he would be like a 3rd rounder. but i like his highlights and he would have a good transition into the nfl

    • tubbs45

      I dont know about third. I think he may disappear in the late second round. He may be sort of one dimensional, but he pretty damn good at that one dimension!

    • tbell11

      I agree, If he’s available in the 3rd round then snag him, but a 2nd rounder is something we can’t afford right now. Ideally, the Chargers go OT in 1st, ILB in 2nd, RB in 3rd, and CB in 4th.

      • Ernie Padaon

        i wouldnt even take him in the 3rd…. i think there will be better players for us to take at that spot.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Dammit just watched Tavon’s highlight video again on boltsfromtheblue, I’m back on board with you Ernie. I felt like this after watching it:

    “I’m back baby, I’m back!” – George Costanza after eating some Mango

    • Ernie Padaon

      yes yes yes!

    • tubbs45

      Agree with Mr. Blanks! He is a FRIGGIN play maker. he may blow away in a strong wind, but the wind will have to catch him first!!!

      • Ernie Padaon

        love that!

    • Sergio Quintero

      I have a feeling Buffalo is going to take him at pick 8, if Geno Smith isn’t there, I think he’s their pick.

  • kushtonslater

    hell yeah

  • Nolan

    Hes my favorite runningback in the draft he reminds me of A.P.

    • BoltBoy

      Totally does. He’s going to do well in the NFL.

  • Cgoodness13

    Why don’t we draft geno in the first also? No!!!!! Why is it alright for rivers to mess up do to bad blockin but not Mathews? You cannot say AP, rice, etc would all be top RBs with all the poor blocking Mathews has gotten.

    • Cgoodness13

      I will not judge a single player not on the oline till it has been fixed. AP, OJ, Jim Brown, LT, etc would not have been successes if it wasn’t for their oline.

  • Peter Thompson

    Definitely a bad ass… Probably not going to happen. 4th or 5th round for a RB, most likely.

  • Cgoodness13

    If we are drafting a Back, it needs to either be a fullback or corner back.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Or a left backle

  • BlueBoltFan

    Man, I love Le’Veon Bell. My 2nd favorite RB behind Christine Michael.

  • BoltBoy

    This dude is a pretty sick back that I would love to see on our roster. He would probably start out third on the depth chart behind Ryan and Danny, but he would get much more playing time once Mathews re-breaks one of his clavicles. Or something like that.

  • joerockt

    This would be a great pick in the second if he’s still there. This dude has some serious moves for a big back. His spin moves are completely sick.