The Chargers are expected to consider drafting a big, powerful running back later on in this year’s draft to pair with the more dynamic and shiftier Austin Ekeler. However, having more one-cut slashers that have found success with the Bolts over the years isn’t a terrible idea, either. Most recently, the Chargers have reportedly met with Appalachian State’s Darrynton Evans, per Justin Melo of The Draft Wire.
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Evans is considered one of, if not, the best running back among the Group of 5 prospects in this year’s class. At 5’10 and 203 pounds, Evans posted a 4.41 in the forty at this year’s combine. His 37” vertical and 10’5 broad jump weren’t too shabby, either. Evans broke out as a sophomore in 2018 after racking up 1,187 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 179 carries. He added a smidge in the passing game with 12 catches for 87 yards and another score. He was named to the First-Team All-Sun Belt squad for his efforts that year, as well.
As a junior this past season, Evans took his game to the next level by taking 255 carries for 1,480 yards and an impressive 18 touchdowns. He also added five more through air on 21 catches for 198 receiving yards. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year on top of earning MVP honors in the Sun Belt title game and the New Orleans Bowl.
Evans also provides special teams value as a kick returner after taking back three kicks for touchdowns during his career, one in each of his three seasons for the Mountaineers.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein currently has Evans projected as a fourth-round pick but I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see him come off the board late in the third.