Chargers Draft

Late-round running backs who the LA Chargers could target

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The LA Chargers have really swung and missed at the running back positions in the last two NFL Drafts. After not having a single pick in day two of the 2020 NFL Draft, Tom Telesco made one of his worst picks as a general manager by taking Joshua Kelley, who has had little to no impact and has not been worth the draft selection.

Telesco tried again the following season, taking Larry Rountree out of Missouri in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Rountree was not all that different from Kelley and he too struggled in his rookie season. Rountree got just 36 carries for 87 yards.

With Justin Jackson being an upcoming free agent, the running back position is a big need for the Chargers this offseason, as confirmed by Tom Telesco. Many fans would rather see the team sign a veteran free agent instead of drafting yet another running back, which is fair. The Bolts probably will end up signing a cheap running back for depth.

However, the LA Chargers should draft a running back yet again as well.

The Bolts should cut Joshua Kelley (and maybe Larry Rountree too) and draft a running back in the sixth or seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft. If the Bolts did not have any extra picks in the draft then this would not make sense. However, with four compensatory picks in the last two rounds, the Chargers have the means to draft a running back for a third time.

Hopefully, the Chargers can actually draft the right running back this time around. Here are some potential candidates.