It was widely expected that the LA Chargers would add a running back to the roster at some point during the 2021 offseason. While there were some decent veteran options available, such as Todd Gurley, the Bolts opted to utilize the 2021 NFL Draft instead.
The Chargers drafted Missouri’s Larry Rountree with the 198th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rountree was not a popular back on the draft radar prior to the draft, so the selection was a surprising one.
Rountree put up decent numbers in his senior season with Missouri. In 10 games he carried the ball 209 times for 972 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. His addition could shake up the running back depth chart on the LA Chargers.
What could it look like?
LA Chargers roster: Predicting the 2021 running back depth chart
1. Austin Ekeler
This is a no-brainer. Austin Ekeler is obviously the no. 1 back on the LA Chargers and he should be due for an explosive 2021 season after missing a good portion of the 2020 season with injury.
It was not the ideal start of a new contract for Ekeler, who was coming off of such an impressive season the year prior despite splitting time with Melvin Gordon. In the first year as the true no. 1 back Ekeler was fine, but he did not make that ascension into top-tier running back lists that us fans expected.
There is no reason to doubt Ekeler’s ability and the mileage on his legs is still low, so that is not a big concern either. He is the no. 1 back for a reason and if the backs behind him can come through then he could become even more dangerous due to his threat in the passing game.