The San Diego Chargers traded up two spots to select collegiate star running back Melvin Gordon in the 2015 draft.
Ever since the Chargers parted ways with future Hall of Fame RB LaDainian Tomlinson in early 2010, the Bolts’ backs have failed to produce consistently.
Months after LT’s tenure with the Chargers dissolved, the Chargers drafted RB Ryan Mathews in the draft. Mathews was often injured and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.
The Chargers inked RB Donald Brown to a three-year, $10.5 Million deal last season, but he averaged a mere 2.6 yards per carry. Prior to signing with the Chargers, Brown averaged 5.3 yards per carry in his final year with the Indianapolis Colts.
This season, Brown may play as well as he did 2013, but Gordon is the undeniable center of attention in San Diego’s backfield. While Gordon’s collegiate success and athleticism fuel optimism, it’s his consistency that will be most appreciated.
Gordon’s remarkable consistency was evident when he played college ball at Wisconsin. In 2014, he averaged 7.5 yards per carry, and totaled 2587 rushing yards on 343 carries, and 29 rushing touchdowns. Gordon was a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Gordon’s electricity will jolt the Chargers’ offense, but his consistency will pay dividends.