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Much has been talked about the depth of the offensive line class in this year’s draft. Well, the opposite can be said about this year’s running back class. There is not an outstanding player that has teams lined up to take him as soon as they can. This also works in the Chargers' favor. When there are a few talented players at a position, they drive up the value of the other prospects. In this year's draft, most of the running backs are clumped together, leaving the Chargers a chance to get a valued back late in the draft.
The Chargers will not be drafting this running back to come in and replace the often-injured Ryan Mathews. They will solely taking a running back to add depth that will help take the burden off of Mathews. A player like Le’Veon Bell might be the perfect addition for the Chargers.
Bell had a tremendous senior year at Michigan State and a solid combine workout helped cement Bell as a mid- to late-round pick. Bell stands at 6’1” and weighs 230 pounds. Bell has also shown that he is durable and can withstand the beating of being a every-down back. This should excite the Chargers has they continue to search for someone to spell Mathews throughout games.
Bell isn’t a player who will run away from any defenses in open field but he is a big back who is not afraid of contact. He has shown during his time at Michigan State that he can pick up short yardage. Bell is also a decent receiver when coming out of the backfield. All of these abilities are in areas where the Chargers struggled in 2012.
The Chargers need to add depth to their backfield, but with a free agency period that should focus on the offensive line they will need to add a running back in the later part of the draft. Bell showed at the combine he might be the perfect back to come in and help complete the Chargers’ backfield.