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What is the fantasy shelf life of the top current running backs? - Daniel Kelley
2 years: Gordon has been mostly a volume-based fantasy producer during his short career. He’ll need to start being more efficient though to keep the job well into the future as the Chargers’ lead back. — Dan Clasgens

Top prospect fits for 2018 NFL Draft linebackers - Josh Liskiewitz
Last summer, we identified Edmunds as a potential breakout player in 2017, and he did not disappoint. He showed significant improvement in all three defensive phases last year, most notably in run support where he topped his 2016 grade (73.0) by more than 13.0 points (86.7) last year. His outstanding combination of size and athleticism make him a true chess piece for whatever defense he calls home at the next level, and the Chargers would be able to utilize him both inside and on the edge.

Chargers doing homework on QBs, but Philip Rivers can still play - Eric Williams
While the Chargers need to find a youngster to groom as the eventual replacement for Rivers, the aging quarterback hasn't shown signs of slowing down. Over the past three seasons, Rivers is second in the NFL in passing yards (13,693), third in passing touchdowns (90) and eighth in yards per pass attempt (7.55).

USC's Ronald Jones II could be another home-run threat for Chargers - Eric Williams
USC’s Ronald Jones II certainly fits the description of a playmaker. The electric running back totaled 3,619 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns in three seasons for the Trojans, averaging just over 6 yards per carry.

Chargers 2018 NFL Draft Profile: OT Brandon Parker - Gavino Borquez
At 6-foot-7 and 314 pounds, Parker possesses more than ideal size and length for the position. The 22-year-old tackle engages in stride as a run blocker off of the snap and brings his feet through his block with aggression, driving opponents back with ease. Despite his height, Parker shows excellent leverage in one-on-one situations.

2018 NFL Draft: LB Tremaine Edmunds a no-brainer for Chargers - Gavino Borquez
At 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds, Edmunds is built like the player you create when playing Madden. The former Hokie is just scratching the surface of his potential while already playing at a high level. His versatility allows him to be a stout run-defender, drop back into coverage and chase down running backs and tight ends and he has the size to kick down as an edge rusher in sub-packages to put pressure on the quarterback.

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