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Ryan Mathews (RB)
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Selected by: San Diego Chargers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 12 (12)
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Pick Analysis: San Diego forks up a few picks to nab a new franchise running back in Ryan Mathews. As a big, physical runner with explosive speed and quickness, Mathews gives the Chargers an every down back to team with Darren Sproles. After languishing near the bottom of the league in rushing the past two seasons, the Chargers' running game is poised to make a resurgence with Mathews serving as the feature back.

Overview

Mathews is a good sized running back that runs hard and shows a good burst through the hole. He is a one cut runner that does not waste a lot of time dancing around in the backfield. Once he gets past the first level he could use a bit more elusiveness in space as he has some straight line to him. He tends to run a bit erect but does show upper body strength to stiff arm his way out of a tackle as well as balance on contact to stay on his feet and fight for extra yards. He has struggled to stay healthy as he has missed time in each season at Fresno State.


Strengths

Mathews has outstanding bulk and size coupled with enough speed for the running back at the next level. Has been extremely productive at the college level. Highly-competitive performer who consistently battles for extra yardage. Doesn’t have elite long range speed but shows an impressive burst through hole.

Weaknesses

Has enough elusiveness to make a tackler miss but isn’t a true threat as a space player. Durability is a bit of a flag after Mathews missed games with a few different injuries in college. Is very raw in the passing game. Does not appear comfortable catching the football and will drop passes. Doesn’t have enough experience in blitz pickup.

Grade

8.2

 

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