I said he was the one of the best on the draft board, and I felt they had to have him. And the Chargers GM-Tom Telesco and Coach Mike McCoy felt the same.
In an NFL draft they had to hit the jackpot on, the Bolts, drafting Wisconsin star running back Melvin Gordon, did just that. They paid a price to get the right to pick him, shipping a lst, a 4th and a future 5th round choice to San Francisco to move up.
Expensive price to move up a couple of slots, but they got an explosive player.
Telesco gushed about what he saw scouting the Badgers running back. Fast, physical, slash and dash, explosive, tough, glides and slides.
All that wrapped around a season in which he ran for (2,587Y), averaged a wild 7.5 YPC, caught passes, blitz blocked, and had a nose for the end zone.
Scout compared him to Kansas City'[s Jamal Charles, a dangerous runner, hitting people, making people miss and bursting away from tacklers once he hits the 2nd level.
It looked like the Chargers would never get the chance to draft him, not after the Rams took Georgia back Todd Gurley with the 10th pick. They knew Cleveland and Miami just ahead might take him. And they feared Houston would move on him, thus the trade to leap frog the Texans.
Today will be a different day for the Bolts. They have to wait 15-more picks into the 2nd round before they can hope to get a defensive tackle, maybe Carl Davis of Iowa.
Maybe in the 3rd round they take Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, the heir apparent once Philip Rivers leaves.
But for 24-hours, feel good about what they did, for there has been little to feel good about recently about this franchise.
Maybe he is the next LaDanian Tomlinson, and by the way, Gordon broken LT’s single game NCAA rushing record, when the Badger went for (408-yards) rushing in a mid-season game in just 3-quarters.
The Bolts offensive line is better this morning than it has been. The running game will be even more explosive thanks to this pick. The defense remains weak however.
Yes they paid a high price, but if this team misses the playoffs again, Telesco and McCoy might not be around to conduct another draft.
Good nite at the Fortress. We’ll see if today can be just as productive.