2010 NFL Draft, Pick 12: Chargers Trade Up For RB Ryan Matthews - Joel Thorman - SB Nation
It's not surprising that the Chargers drafted a running back in the first round but it is a surprise they moved this far into the first round to nab Matthews. They gave up a 2nd and a 4th round pick, which you don't need us to tell you is A LOT for a running back. He better be the second coming of Barry Sander
Bolts trade up, draft RB Ryan Mathews - Bernie Wilson - North County Times
"When you see this guy play, you're going to understand why we made the deal we did," Turner said. "I think he's extremely special. I'm thrilled to get him here. I know our offensive line is going to be thrilled to get him here. I think Ryan's going to be excited to be here when he gets around our guys. He knows we're a good football team. He knows were a very good offensive football team."
Draft Capsule: Ryan Mathews - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay breaks down Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews.
Verizon Draft Analysis: Ryan Mathews - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards breaks down the Chargers first round draft pick Ryan Mathews
2010 NFL Draft Tracker
What he brings: Matthews is a powerful downhill runner with above-average balance and the competitive nature to constantly fight for extra yards. While there are concerns about his ability to contribute as receiver early in his career and he has to refine his pass blocking, Fresno State didn't ask much of him in either area. We think he will improve in both areas as he gains experience. How he fits: With LaDainian Tomlinson gone to the Jets, Darren Sproles needed help. Sproles will remain the big-play threat and explosive returner but Mathews will quickly become the primary between-the-tackles runner. His combination of size, speed and balance will complement Sproles very well. Though the Chargers traded up, it was one of their primary needs and they filled it well.
Mathews' pick was a master stroke - Bill Williamson - ESPN
Any more questions about A.J. Smith? The guy is a draft mastermind. San Diego just recharged its Super Bowl hopes on the wings of Charlie Whitehurst.