With the 123rd pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
The fact that the LA Chargers have not addressed the running back position at all yet in the offseason could be a sign that they are going to take a back in the draft earlier than expected. In fact, taking a running back with the team's second pick in the draft is possible and was one of our draft surprises that we forecast could happen.
That does not happen in this Chargers mock draft but the team does still draft a running back sooner than most expect as most likely expect the team to use a sixth or seventh-round pick on a back. With the team not signing anyone, they need to find someone who can be a true backup for Austin Ekeler next season.
A good option for that is there in the fourth round in Kyren Williams, who is graded out even higher on some pundits' big boards. Williams naturally has that Chargers connection as he is from Notre Dame and he could be a solid no. 2 back behind Austin Ekeler if his skillset translates to the league.
Williams is also on the smaller side at five-nine but his explosiveness and ability to make players miss with the ball in his hands is hard to ignore. He does not fit the Joshua Kelley-Larry Rountree mold of being a bigger, slower and more physical back. He is someone who is going to offer value both in the running and passing game.
The Notre Dame back finished with 1,002 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns in 204 carries in 2021. Williams also added 42 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Williams could really thrive in the Chargers' RPO-heavy game.