Jordan Todman is an outside linebacker's nightmare. With blistering speed to reach the perimeter, the San Diego Chargers found him to be a nice complement to their running game at No. 183. The 2010 Big East Player of the Year and second-team Associated Press All-American burned a 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine.
Todman runs well in the trenches with great instincts in a power rush attack, but is not a back suited for third-and-long situations at this point. He rushed for 1,695 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior year, while carrying the rock 334 times.
His speed is critical because at 5'9", 203 lbs, Todman must beef up to drive back linebackers frequently in the NFL. Size, not quite durability, is the main worry, as Desmond Conner of The Hartford Courier pointed out.
The concern is over Todman's size: 5'9", 203 pounds. Can he be an every-down back at the next level? Todman has been a model of durability the past two seasons with a high number of carries (about 285 per year), rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each and missed one game (Buffalo) in 2010 because of an elbow injury.
Todman's speed and size suggest third-down back, but his utility in the pass game does not. Perhaps the running back's durability and canniness between the tackles will encourage Norv Turner's staff to give him enough carries in a game to gain a rhythm during his rookie season. He will join the Chargers' tailback committee alongside Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert.