Matthews the man; Chargers trade up to take Fresno State RB


The Chargers in the first round Thursday night moved up to take a running back, grabbing Fresno State RB Ryan Matthews:

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.

From Walter Football:

Strengths:

  • Strong frame with great bulk
  • Patient runner – lets blocks develop
  • Runs with amazing balance and low center of gravity
  • Physical blocker
  • Doesn’t dance in backfield – hits hole with authority
  • Good straight line speed when given room
  • Great vision – sees open lanes
  • Smart and knows how to read linebackers
  • Punishing stiff arm
  • Extremely productive
  • Can handle 20-plus carries per game

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