3 dream scenarios for the Chargers in the 2023 NFL Draft (that actually might happen)
By Jason Reed
2. Chargers draft Tyjae Spears in round three
Bolt Beat is officially becoming a Tyjae Spears fan website. If there is one running back that Chargers fans should be rooting for in the draft (outside of Bijan Robinson, who is not going to fall to 21) it is none other than Tyjae Spears.
Spears is projected to be a third-round pick ahead of the draft but with his athletic profile and production at Tulane, there is the possibility of another team snagging him before the Bolts get a chance. Taking him in the second round is probably a bit too rich but a third-round selection would be fantastic.
Spears was an impactful player in both the running and passing game and has the traits that a team should be looking for in a back. His ability to make defenders miss and make cuts into the hole is advanced and he was one of the best running backs in college in gaining yards after contact.
The Chargers might need someone who can replace Austin Ekeler's touchdown output in the red zone and Spears is someone who has shown that he can do just that. The Tulane back found the endzone 21 times in his senior season while averaging an astonishing 6.9 yards per attempt.
Whether Ekeler returns or not next season does not matter as Spears could fit seamlessly into this offense in whatever role the team needs him to play. With analysts comparing him to Tony Pollard, this might seem like a no-brainer for the team that hired Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator this offseason.