6 promising Chargers draft options to replace Austin Ekeler

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3. Zach Charbonnet, UCLA

Zach Charbonnet brings a more traditional running style, as one of the taller and heavier backs in the draft at 6' and 215 pounds he uses his size well in the inside running game as well as the outside running game. Charbonnet was a workhorse for the UCLA Bruins the past two seasons running for a combined 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns with one of the best yards per carry in the FBS at 6.97 ranking him 4th in the nation.

Running a 4.53 40-yard-dash time, Charbonnet's speed is the slowest on this list, that being said he is an exceptional downhill runner that picks up speed and momentum through runs. The UCLA prospect uses his strong vision to weave through the defense and break into the second level.

In contrast to the Chargers play style, Charbonnet brings an inside run game that the team currently hasn't been able to utilize. His short yardage conversion rate is near the top of the class and although he may not have an obvious ability that he excels at like many of the others in the class, he is a back that will be able to do everything in the run game.

Charbonnet brings consistency to a team's backfield in the run game, where he can use improvement in the passing game. His utilization in the passing game was not to a great extent in college but he has shown improvement in his pass-catching ability as well as pass protection where he has shown explosion on pass blocks utilizing his larger frame.

If the Chargers decide to not take a running back in the first round or decide to trade back, Charbonnet is a strong option in the draft's second round. He will bring a consistent run game that the Chargers can utilize. Although he will not have the effect in the passing game that Ekeler had, he is more than serviceable enough to be effective as a pass catcher and pass blocker when called upon.

When can the Chargers draft him?: Round 2