From the Horse’s Mouth: San Diego Chargers Draft Assessment

April 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The San Diego Chargers entered the 2010 draft targeting running back and defensive tackle as the greater needs. They exit the event with new names and faces to add to the roster, and we begin our assessment of whether those needs were met.
The Trade
The Bolts began the process with a first-round trade that allowed them to advance from the 28th position to select Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews at No. 12. Chosen in the upper echelon of the opening round, it’s safe to assume that Matthews is the heir apparent to Ladainian Tomlinson , or at least expected to be. I was originally soured by the selection, but after taking it all in, it isn’t as bad as first thought.
Sure, there were three, elite ball carriers to choose from, and Jahvid Best would have fallen into their laps.
But when you look at Matthews in comparison to C.J. Spiller and Best, his perimeter game may be lacking, but he is the most durable of the three. Durability has been a...

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