4. Austin Ekeler
Austin Ekeler is going to benefit two-fold if the LA Chargers have a good draft. First, just like Justin Herbert, Ekeler will benefit if the team lands a solid left tackle then Ekeler is going to benefit from better run blocking.
The other reason why Ekeler could benefit is that the team might take a running back late in the draft. It might not seem like a big deal but if the Chargers land the right sixth or seventh-round running back then Ekeler’s life will be easier.
The running back rotation is up in the air heading into 2021. We know that Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley are part of the rotation but we cannot fully trust either. Jackson is injury-prone and Kelley was the worst running back in the league last season.
Kelley also seemed to be an Anthony Lynn guy, so there is no guarantee that Brandon Staley will even utilize him as much. If Kelley continues to play poorly to start next season and has more special teams gaffs then Staley might outright bench him and eventually cut him.
Getting someone who can help take the pressure off of Ekeler is big for the team. Not only that, but getting a running back who can play alongside Ekeler in two running back formations is huge as well.
That is why I like Gerrid Doaks so much. Doaks was an exceptional pass-blocker in college but is also a receiving threat. Having him on the field with Ekeler is going to leave defenses confused as they won’t know who is going for the screen, who is going out on passing routes, who is blocking, who is checking and releasing, etc.
It does not have to be Doaks but the target should be a dual-threat running back.