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Los Angeles Chargers end of season mock draft

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Isaiah Simmons #18 of the Clemson Tigers at the Carrier Dome on September 14, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Isaiah Simmons #18 of the Clemson Tigers at the Carrier Dome on September 14, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
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TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 30: Running back J.J. Taylor #21 of the Arizona Wildcats rushes the football against safety Cam Phillips #15 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half of the NCAAF game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 30, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 30: Running back J.J. Taylor #21 of the Arizona Wildcats rushes the football against safety Cam Phillips #15 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half of the NCAAF game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 30, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Chargers seventh-round selection: J.J. Taylor, running back, Arizona

Taylor is the perfect guy to bring in to this Chargers system, as you will instantly be reminded of Darren Sproles or Branden Oliver when watching him play.

The effort and sneaky power despite his small frame is so much fun to watch, and he can make any defender miss.

Now, where Taylor really comes in handy is in the receiving game, and the Chargers absolutely love their receiving backs. Taylor’s stock might drastically rise over the course of the offseason due to his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield in a similar way to Chicago’s Tarik Cohen.

That versatility is no longer a luxury in today’s NFL, but a necessity.

I know some may say, “But we need a short-yardage guy!”. Let me tell you, Taylor can run people over despite being only 5-foot-6, 180 pounds. He is powerful, and he almost always falls forward on contact, making him a great “short” yardage back. Sorry, J.J., had to say it.

Should the Chargers move on from Melvin Gordon this offseason, Arizona RB J.J. Taylor is my pick in the mid rounds to add to the backfield.

Something to take note of when watching this play.. Taylor is 5'6. 180lbs. pic.twitter.com/vq8fChrM1I

— Jason Balliet II (@Syntari13) December 10, 2019

Taylor displays everything you want as a complement to Ekeler and Jackson here. Trucks the safety, and then falls forward through contact. He also displays some great burst here. I believe Taylor is the perfect fit to create a three-headed monster here in Los Angeles.

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So that’s the end of this mock, in which the Chargers fill several needs but don’t reach for too many of them. It’s the classic “staying patient” move that Tom Telesco is known for so far, and they get some promising guys late. We’ll see what the Chargers truly have in store for the draft in a couple of months.

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