Chargers 2011 Draft: UConn RB Jordan Todman
His lack of size is the scariest part of his game. He doesn’t shy away from hits, which is a good and a bad thing. He has a small frame that leaves him susceptible to injuries and makes him a liability as a pass blocker. He’s also not a huge threat to catch passes out of the backfield, which most people feel is a huge need for running backs of his size.
With injury concerns swirling around second-year running back Ryan Mathews, back-up runner Mike Tolbert’s future with the team uncertain, and third-down running back Darren Sproles possibly headed out of San Diego, the addition of Todman is smart. He may even be able to replace Sproles as the third-down back if he can continue to work on his catching and pass-blocking.
The thing that makes this such a good pick is the value. Many scouts had Todman rated as a second or third round prospect, and the Chargers were able to draft his services in the sixth round. He should provide some sort of spark for the Bolts’ offense this season if he continues to grow into a third-down back role.