Dec 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is brought down by New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) during fourth quarter action at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
A lot of pieces have fallen this week and none of this pieces that carry the ball fell to the Chargers. DeMarco Murray and former Charger Ryan Mathews both have landed in Philadelphia. Reggie Bush looks like he will sign with the Patriots or 49ers. Adrian Peterson, for now, is still a Viking. It is time for the Bolts to look elsewhere for a new, shiny running back.
The draft is a good start.
There are several viable picks in this year’s draft. Under Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, there are some diamonds in the rough if you ask me. Here are the possible picks the Chargers should look at to carry the rock in 2015 and beyond…
Jan 1, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) runs with the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the second half in the 2015 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Auburn Tigers 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Gurley could be gone before the Bolts can snag him at 17. Gordon in my opinion is a more reliable option anyway. He doesn’t have the injury history of Gurley. At 6’1″ 215 pounds, he is a load to bring down for any defense. He has drawn comparisons to Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch. He can be that “bell cow” back that seems to be trending out of the NFL. Most offenses now want two regular backs, splitting carries and changing pace. Nonetheless, the Chargers need that kind of back in their offense. Gordon is a proven runner with lots of upside. He ran circles around some of the top defenses in college football last year (I’m looking at you, Nebraska and Auburn). He finished 2nd in the Heisman voting and with 2,587 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns, he led the nation. He had 343 carries, which was second only to Boise State’s Jay Ajayi for the nation’s most. He has great pad level and acceleration. The Chargers could use a back like Gordon to take the load off of Philip Rivers.