3 moves the Chargers should definitely make if they trade Austin Ekeler
By Jason Reed
2. Chargers must draft a running back in the first two rounds
If Austin Ekeler gets traded this offseason then the Bolts are going to have to use one of the team's two top-55 picks in order to get a running back on the depth chart. That is why trading back is so important as it would allow the team to do so without having to sacrifice another potential top-100 need.
There are several different running backs that the Chargers could take in the first two rounds. If the team does not trade back very far then they could probably still land Jahmyr Gibbs, who is projected to be a late-first to early-second-round pick.
If not Gibbs, there are some solid options for the team to explore in round two. Hometown prospect Zach Carbonnet is coming off of a monster year with the UCLA Bruins that may intrigue the Bolts. Then you have Devon Achane, who is so physically impressive that he could be impossible to pass up.
Regardless, the Chargers cannot roll into the 2023 season with Kelley, Spiller and a late-round running back as the only options. Kelley was fine but is not an RB1, Spiller was not even NFL ready last year and a late-round rookie is going to have his flaws.
If Ekeler is not the RB1 next season then has to be a young running back taken in the top 55 picks.