The Chargers have done their due diligence on lesser-known prospects in this year’s draft class and the latest to get connected to the Bolts is reportedly Virginia running back Shane Simpson, per Justin Melo of The Draft Network. Per Melo, the team met with him during this year’s College Gridiron Showcase, one of the postseason college football all-star events.
#Virginia RB Shane Simpson met with the #Giants, #Eagles, #Chargers, #Dolphins, #Falcons, #Bills, #Colts, #Texans & #Cowboys at the Gridiron Showcase back in Jan. #NFLDraft— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 19, 2021
A RB with clear talent, Simpson's Pro Day(3/24) will be a big showcase for him to prove he's past his INJ.
The 5’11, 200-pound Simpson transferred to UVA following a four-year career at Towson University that included numerous awards, including being named a First-Team FCS All-American in 2018.
That year, Simpson finished second in the FCS in total yards per game with 171.5. He rushed for 711 yards and six touchdowns while catching 39 passes for another 356 yards and five more touchdowns. For his tremendous all-around performance, he was named a three-time All-CAA selection: First-Team at running back, second-team at kick returner, and third-team as a punt returner.
Unfortunately, just three games into his senior season at Towson, Simpson sustained a torn ACL and MCL. He ended that year with 162 rushing yards and two scores with another score through air on 62 yards receiving.
With Virginia, Simpson played in 10 games with one start. He finished with 278 yards on 58 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also caught another 13 passes for 133 yards and another score. On special teams, he only took six kicks out of the end zone but averaged a notable 31.5 yards per return.