Mathews posted the best rushing numbers in the nation even after missing a game and a half this season. This kid out of Fresno State is for real. He's ready to play.
He showed up big every game for Fresno St. even totaling over 200 yards against Boise State.
He is used to running in a power back system but it was a rushing offense with minimal passing. The bright side is that he played in the WAC, which means his offenisve line wasn't the best, yet he was the best rusher.
He didn't compete against the toughest competition, but when he did, he played big.
This kid is the most complete back coming out of this draft and is exactly what the Chargers need.
The Chargers traded with the Miami Dolphins in order to move up and secure this talent.
They sent Miami their first round pick (No. 28), second round pick (No.40), fourth round pick (No. 126) and inside linebacker Tim Dobbins. In return the Chargers received Mathews, pick No. 110 and a sixth round pick they traded.
Overall, when I look at this trade, it's a reach for someone who was projected to go that high. But why not?
Mathews was the second best back in the draft. Seattle could have pulled the trigger after missing out on Spiller, as well as Houston with the 20th pick.
The Chargers needed a running back that can become a great running option for Philip Rivers. Mathews fits that bill.
If he turns out to be the next Landanian Tomlinson or Adrian Peterson it's a win and A.J. Smith will be looked as a genius. Worst case is Mathews becomes another Joesph Addai or Donald Brown.