Chargers Draft

Late-round running backs who the LA Chargers could target

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Jerrion Ealy, Tevin Williams III
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3. Jerrion Ealy

Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree have very similar skillsets and it is clear that the Chargers had a similar process for taking both backs. Both Kelley and Rountree are larger backs who are not as explosive but in theory, should have been solid short-yard and red-zone options for the team.

We all know that they have not been that for the Chargers and Austin Ekeler has proven that any concerns about him in short-yardage and red-zone situations were far-fetched. Once again, Ealy is not someone who the Bolts should probably be trusting to be the RB2 but being brought in alongside a free agent could give the Bolts a more well-rounded running back room.

Ealy is much different than both Kelley and Rountree. Instead of being a larger running back that could run through contact, Ealy is a scatback. The five-foot-eight Ole Miss running back is the perfect example of a smaller, elusive back that can make players miss in the open field with the football.

Ealy is probably not someone who the Chargers are going to run between the tackles very often but as a passing target in the backfield, Ealy could do some damage in year one for the Bolts. We also know how much Joe Lombardi loves to call half-back pitches and Ealy would give the team a solid option behind Ekeler to turn that open field into a positive gain.

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Ealy is going to be a late sixth-round pick at the very earliest but because of his size and niche status as a draft prospect, the LA Chargers could probably secure him in the seventh round to at least compete for a spot in the running back rotation in 2022.

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