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Chargers Select RB Jordan Todman

Jordan Todman is a Running Back who went to Connecticut and left early for the NFL after his Junior year. He was current Colts RB Donald Brown's backup as freshmen, but came into his own once he got the starting job. 235 carries for 1188 yards and 14 TDs his sophomore season and 334 carries for 1695 yards and 14 TDs in his junior season. He was the second leading rusher in the country in 2010. He was his team's star player and led them to Big East Championship.

He'll come in as the 3rd running back behind Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert. He's a tough and shifty runner who could use some extra bulk to take the pounding that comes with that running style. He's not a Darren Sproles-replacement as far as style is concerned. He's a prospect that could become a starter one day or possibly a goal line back if Tolbert ever leaves. I would think that he'd also be able to contribute on special teams for kick coverage if called upon.

One thing to keep in mind is that he's described a "downhill Power O" type runner. That's more like LT, whereas many saw Ryan Mathews as a fit for a zone blocking scheme. The Chargers are more of the "Power O" type. So that's a good fit. However, like Mathews he's not a good option as a 3rd down back and frequently came out on 3rd down for the Huskies. He's more of an outside runner than an inside runner, but he's not afraid to go inside and make contact.

I like the pick. The Chargers were patient and waited to get a player with value at this point in the draft. At times he was talked about as a possible 2nd round pick, but settled into a 4th round projection by a number of experts. The Chargers pick up that value in the 6th round at a position that could use some depth.