Chargers Draft

Los Angeles Chargers: Late-round running backs to pair with Austin Ekeler

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 07: AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles carries the ball during the first half against the Richmond Spiders at Alumni Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 07: AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles carries the ball during the first half against the Richmond Spiders at Alumni Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
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3. A.J. Dillon, Boston College

If I had my choice of late-round running back for the Los Angeles Chargers to pick in the 2020 NFL Draft then I would go with A.J. Dillon out of Boston College. Dillon has the same traits that make him a short-yardage back, like Kelly, with a much-higher ceiling to become a legitimate asset in Los Angeles.

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Dillion is a tank. He stands at six feet tall and is just under 250 pounds. He will probably shred some of those pounds in the NFL in order to become quicker but he is built like a tank. He is practically identical in size to Jerome Bettis.

At the very least, Dillon is going to be a bruising short-yardage back that can not only get through contact like Kelly, but can burst open a big run because of his sneaky top speed as well as his ability to read blocks patiently.

At the best, Dillon could blossom into a starting-caliber back and in two years, like Ekeler was last season, Dillon could be the 1A to Ekeler, providing the team with a more physical runner while Ekeler continued to contribute in the passing game.

There is a chance that Dillon falls to the fifth or even the sixth round of the draft but I think teams are going to fall in love with his potential and take him as high as the fourth.

Out of the three backs mentioned, Dillon is the one that has enough potential to be a legitimate starting running back in the NFL in the next 2-3 years.

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Dillon is more than just an RB3 as a rookie, he is someone that is talented enough to take the RB2 job from Justin Jackson right away.

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