6 promising Chargers draft options to replace Austin Ekeler

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2. Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama

Robinson is the unanimous top running back of the class but the rest of the class is strong as well and Chargers fans can be just as excited for. Arguably the next best back in the class, Jahmyr Gibbs, would be another strong addition to the Bolts' offense.

Gibbs led Alabama's run game in the 2022 season rushing for 926 yards and 7 touchdowns through 12 games on 6.1 yards per carry. Where his greatest strength lies though is in the passing game, leading Alabama in receptions last season with 44, accumulating 444 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Gibbs brings open-field agility and speed, running a 4.36 40-yard dash, second in the class of running backs. His play style is being compared to that of Alvin Kamara in the way he moves and the boost he gives an offense, often being the spark that ignited Alabama's offense.

Coming into the draft as one of the best receiving backs in this year's draft class, his inside run game may struggle at the start of his professional career. His balance against contact is above average but his strength to fight for extra yards through contact is not as exceptional. He will need to work on his decision-making and decisiveness in the inside run game as well as being a below-average pass blocker due to his frame.

Chargers'All flaws considered, he is a change of pace back and an exceptional receiver that would excel in the Chargers' current play style. In addition to his offensive ability, his potential as a kick returner is above average as well, and will be an asset wherever he goes. With Robinson likely going early in the first round, Gibbs would be the next best option to grab at pick 21 as he will likely not fall back to the Chargers' pick in the second round.

When can the Chargers draft him?: Round 1