BBV Community Mock Draft: With 28th pick, Chargers select ...

Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State.

Selecting for San Diego, 'hakeemthedream' writes:

The Chargers have holes to fill with the losses of Antonio Cromartie, Ladainian Tomlinson, and Jamal Williams. While taking a defensive tackle in the first round might be tempting for the Chargers, they will select Ryan Mathews of Fresno State. He was the nation's leader in rushing in 2009, averaging just over six yards a carry and 150 yards per game. Although he did not play in a powerhouse conference, he silenced doubters when he had HUGE games against Boise St., Cincinnati, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Ryan Mathews, at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, is a tough and physical back with the ability to run between the tackles, catch passes out of the back field, and be very effective in pass blocking. He does not have the breakaway speed that Darren Sproles has but he can accelerate into the secondary very quickly. The Chargers will utilize him in the passing game when needed. He is a very tough and durable back who will not think twice about delivering a blow to a defender.

My take : A very predictable selection here since LaDainian Tomlinson is now a New York Jet and the Chargers were second-last in the league running the ball in 2009, anyway. This is a different kind of back than they are used to in San Diego, but he could be a big asset. I don't care how pass-happy the NFL has become, there are times during key NFL games when you must be able to run with power. If he is the real deal Mathews gives the Chargers the opportunity to do that.

'Brooklyn58' is up next with the New York Jets selection. Get out your sharp knives.

[Remember, to read explanations of previous selections click the highlighted player name in the table below.]

POS TEAM PLAYER POS SCHOOL DRAFTER
1 St. Louis Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma Soldier_
2 Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska soulpower
3 Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma i_formation27
4 Washington Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State G Fan in England
5 Kansas City Eric Berry S Tennessee ronjohnson
6 Seattle Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame CCE718
7 Cleveland Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State GreatGatsby
8 Oakland Bruce Campbell OT Maryland Hoyadestroya85
9 Buffalo Dan Williams DT Tennessee The Greek
10 Jacksonville Joe Haden CB Florida jp2y
11 Denver Rolando McClain ILB Alabama NYG_Slater
12 Miami Jerry Hughes DE/OLB Texas Christian sunlion333
13 San Francisco Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa RIPShea
14 Seattle Trent Williams OT Oklahoma Ed V.
15 N.Y. Giants Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Ed Valentine
16 Tennessee Sergio Kindle OLB Texas Json
17 San Francisco Sean Weatherspoon B Missouri RIPShea
18 Pittsburgh Mike Iupati G Idaho ross_stephen
19 Atlanta Brandon Graham DE Michigan daddyzander
20 Houston Jason Pierre-Paul DE South Florida BitterEli
21 Cincinnati Earl Thomas S Texas Woogie526
22 New England Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma Ryan Valentine
23 Green Bay C.J. Spiller RB Clemson Dan Luibil
24 Philadelphia Anthony Davis OT Rutgers Bye Dawk
25 Baltimore Kyle Wilson CB Boise State Larry Soprano
26 Arizona Terrence Cody DT Alabama Snipah
27 Dallas Taylor Mays S USC pataroons
28 San Diego Ryan Mathews RB Fresno State hakeemthedream
29 N.Y. Jets Brooklyn58
30 Minnesota hurikaine
31 Indianapolis Charles L.
32 New Orleans GiantsReignSupreme
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