Should The Chargers Of San Diego Draft Terrence Cody Or Ryan Matthews?

Derek MastersContributor IApril 6, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Terrence Cody #62 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I have been reading quite a few mock drafts as of late and I noticed a common theme in San Diego's first round draft choice (The Chargers draft 28th overall). The writers of these "mocks" often have either Fresno State Running Back Ryan Matthews, or Alabama Defensive Tackle Terrence Cody going 28Th. I notice one major flaw with the Chargers going with Matthews at 28 and this and it comes in the form of the Houston Texans. They had running back troubles all year and i'd be surprised if they didn't nab him at 20.

Terrence Cody would probably be a safer bet to fall because of his off season weight changes he's gone through. Because of this, some teams might have doubts so I predict he will fall to 28 where San Diego can take him. Nothing against Ryan Matthews, but this would be the smarter pick considering the depth at running back this draft has. A player like Jahvid Best of Toby Gerhart could be around at pick #40 and they are both solid players. 

Even though many fans are screaming running back, last year the team was near dead last in the running game and still managed to do well. But i guess "managing to do well isn't good enough" but in my opinion many people have a small case of "drafting a running back is going to save the day" syndrome. Drafting Matthews could help the team in the run game but don't forget that old saying... defense wins you championships and so does a nickname like "Mount Cody". Nose tackles are what 3-4 defenses are built around and are key to success.