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San Diego Chargers Night Shift: Running Back Draft Picks


NFL combine is in the heat of all discussions, everybody talking about whose their team going to get in the first round and second. That’s nice an all but the question is which player is going to be that Tom Brady or Arian Foster? Nobody likes to work third shift and i em guessing nobody wants to be draft on the third day either specially when that player has the skills to dominate. Lets take a look at three Running Back prospects that might be on that NIGHT SHIFT.

Damien Williams, Oklahoma Sooners, 5’11, 222 pounds – Williams is more of a finesse back, but don’t get him wrong, at 222 pounds he will light you up to get that yard. Reminds me of Ronnie Brown in his style of play. He does not do is dance around. With his 4.45 forty, his draft stock might go up a little to being drafted instead of not being drafted at all. One glaring thing  of note besides his combine is he did get dismiss from the team with  two weeks left in the schedule and miss the ALL STATE SUGAR BOWL  vs Alabama  where Oklahoma won 45-31. With the good comes the bad. If a team can help Williams get on the right track its the Chargers with great leadership. Final year he put up 553 yards with 7 touchdowns.

Alfred Blue, LSU, 6’2, 220 –  He is an all-around type of player with good hands and always falls forward. With Ryan Mathews getting banged up, we need a running back that will take his place for a game or two. LSU ran a three back set for 2013 and  Blue tore his ACL last year. There’s a reason why he only had 71 carries with 343 in 2013. Durability might be may be a concern since the Chargers do have reliable backs if one goes down, so Blue will be needed for short yardage or we can even put him in the slot. One coach said at the combine that this is the deepest draft and the most immature draft class.  Alfred Blue ran a 4.63-second 40.

George Atkinson III, Notre Dame, 6’1, 220. Son of CB/KR George Atkinson former Oakland Raider, is quite a story. Mr III had a big game against Oklahoma with 148 rushing yards and one score in week five, but his before and after rushing numbers stayed low for some reason. Started the season as a first string but then he got demoted for inconsistently finishing plays. Notre Dame coach suspended Atkinson from the Pinstripe Bowl for breaking a team rule.  He rushed for 555 on 93 carries and avg 26 yards on kick returns, the key is his ability to return kicks. His 4.48 forty is eye pooping with that kind of speed we should really consider the III a 6th or 7th pick, like I said earlier with the leadership we have players are going to let you know if you don’t give it your all.

This is my three running backs that should have a shot tell me what kind of running back you are hoping for thanks for reading.

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  • Sergio Quintero

    Wait till the 4-5 round, and be surprised by a player who shouldn’t be there guys like:
    KaDeem Carey Arizona
    Terrance West Towson
    Andre Williams BC (he might be there, dude is a disaster catching the ball)

    • Julien Bélair

      of those 3 I would pick West

      • Sergio Quintero

        The fact he’s a small school back probably pushes him down, the 4th-5th round sounds about right for him, with this very deep looking draft.

    • Nick Mansoor

      Kadeem Carey is a STUD, runs hard, and can break tackles. I would sign him in a heart beat.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Carey’s recent 4.70 will probably push him into at least the 4th round. When I saw against Oregon, I thought 2nd round, but with the position being devalued I adjusted down into 3rd round. His poor 40 might push him into a great value pick in the 4th-5th round, he does have character red flags and the chargers might avoid because of it.

    • Trey P

      ANDRE WILLIAMS IS A BEAST!!!! And we got woodhead to catch the ball no running back other than Matthews is going to get more playing time then woody anyway…

  • serg21

    Get tre mason it will pay off

    • bolt up!

      Thank you! He has the talent to be a starter !

      • Julien Bélair

        He commands a high second round pick…..

    • Sergio Quintero

      I really like him but will cost a 2nd round pick, and other needs should take priority. If he’s there in 3rd I would be very tempted, but the defense takes priority the first 2 rounds.

  • Julien Bélair

    I really liked Damien Williams yesterday I think he stood out of the group.

    I will be happy if the chargers spent a 4rd pick or lower on a RB.

    So we probably won’t have a shot at my two favourite guy : mason and seastrunk.

    Williams in the 6rd looks like a great addition to the team. If he is not there I also enjoy watching West. I think he can be a decent backup.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Williams should be available in the 7th. Maybe not after his combine performance, but that’s where he was projected before it.

      • Julien Bélair

        well if the Chargers like him and take him in the 6rd with the combine he had it is pretty good

  • Sergio Quintero

    I tend to believe with RB’s in particular, trust your eyes and production, draft guys who can really play, but tested slightly below expectations.

    Better to draft a tackle breaking 4.7 guy, than an athlete non player who can run 4.4.

  • rickochey

    I really like Dri Archer, He would solve our RB, Slot WR, KR positions in 1 guy.

    • shane

      he might solve kr, not a rb or wr in my eyes. more a dexter mccluster type

  • Gunnar Martin

    I’ve had my eye on George Atkinson III for a while. I also really love Raijon Neal, Antonio Andrews, and Storm Johnson in the late rounds.

  • soccertaz

    I believe that our running back of the future is on a team already mike James from Tampa bay he only played two games in relief for martin before suffering the same injury but he averaged 6.7 yards and 167 a game one of those was a 220 yard game against a winning the team

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Honestly this is one of the deepest draft classes I’ve ever seen.
    Let’s see if Tom can do it again.

  • C.Steele

    None of those backs seem like they are worth using a pick on. They are injury prone or have character issues. Neither of which we should be gambling on as thin as we are. There has to be other players in the country that can be reliable contributors and solid citizens we can take draft in later rounds. #GoBolts!