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LA Chargers: Day three running backs to target in the 2020 NFL Draft

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30: Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Florida defeated Virginia 36-28. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30: Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Florida defeated Virginia 36-28. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Running back is a need for the LA Chargers in the late rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The LA Chargers still have a few needs to address going into day three of the NFL Draft. With only two running backs currently on the roster, there is an obvious need at the position.

The two running backs that the Chargers have are really good players, in Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Depth is an obvious need, and I think that the team should take a runner whose skillset compliments them.

Someone who brings power and physicality to the backfield. A back that can wear down the defense. I’ll show you a couple of prospects in each of the remaining rounds that could fill that void and be the change of pace guy they need.

Round 4, Pick 6 (112 overall):

Lamical Perine, Florida: Perine has pretty good size at the position. He stands at 5’11” and 216 pounds. He does a little bit of everything well and is best suited to a role where he splits time in the backfield.

Perine has the power to break through many arm tackles and also keeps his legs churning to finish plays. The Florida product also has the versatility to catch passes out of the backfield and can hold his own in pass protection.

Another interesting point is that Perine was a teammate of our first pick, Justin Herbert, on the South team in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. He showed some chemistry with Herbert, catching a touchdown pass from him in their limited action together.

DeeJay Dallas, Miami (FL): The former Hurricane has a very similar build to Perine at 5’10” 217 pounds. Dallas has a lot of upside, as he was a high school quarterback converted to wide receiver upon joining Miami.

From there he was converted to running back in 2017, and can still grow a lot at the position. Being a former receiver, Dallas provides solid value in the passing game as well. He’s a slippery back and is difficult to tackle. DeeJay could develop into a very nice player for the Chargers with more experience.

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