6 promising Chargers draft options to replace Austin Ekeler
4. Devon Achane, Texas A&M
This year's NFL Combine had some impressive showings in the 40-yard-dash. Cornerback DJ Turner out of Michigan had the top time running an impressive 4.26, but the top offensive position player time at 4.32 was that of Devon Achane, Texas A&M running back.
A running back who is also and track and field star, the Texas A&M speedster earned first-team All-SEC honors this past season. Achane rushed for 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns on 196 carries and showed his wheels in the return game as well posting 312 yards on 11 returns and scoring 1 touchdown.
Achane's speed is second to none in the class and he has the ability to use it in the inside run game as well as on outside runs. His agility and ability to make cuts without losing momentum give him the ability to make an explosive big play any time he touches the ball.
With a smaller stature, the concerns going into the draft are his durability and pass-blocking ability. Achane shows inconsistencies catching the football as well, with improvement to his receiving he can become a nightmare out of the backfield or in the slot with his top-class speed.
Even though he is smaller than average, he is strong and willing to pound the inside when asked, making him more of a multi-use back than commonly seen by those of his stature. Similar to Gibbs, Achane has the potential to be an exceptional kick returner at the professional level. Achane will likely go in the second round of the draft, his size may be of concern to some but his big play ability is too great to pass up on as he would be a great addition to the Chargers roster if he is available at pick 54.