5. The LA Chargers draft a running back in the seventh round
The last pick that the LA Chargers will make in the 2021 NFL Draft is a running back. Anything earlier than the seventh round would be a waste of value and with how the draft has played out and how I project it to play out, running back in the seventh makes sense.
Running back is one of the most valuable positions you can take in the seventh round. Out of every position, there are more running backs from the seventh round (or even undrafted) that make an impact than other positions.
The position is not a huge need but it is a need and is worth a seventh-round pick this year. Austin Ekeler is a great RB1 but the depth behind him is not guaranteed. Justin Jackson cannot stay healthy and Joshua Kelley was the worst running back in the entire league last season.
A good depth running back that you have heard of if you have read my work before is Gerrid Doaks from Cincinnati. Doaks is an athletic freight train that was really hard to bring down in college. He does not have elite acceleration or agility, but he is a solid short-yardage option with speed once he gets going.
More importantly, is his impact in the passing game. Doaks’ pass blocking is as good as you can get from a running back this late in the draft. He was also a weapon in the passing game, often being a check and release target.
He is someone who can be a short-yardage back for the Bolts and can play alongside any of the backs on the roster in two running back formations.
Even if it is not Doaks, though, the LA Chargers are likely taking a running back in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft.