Los Angeles Chargers: Follow Jim Harbaugh to Hollywood?
With rumors swirling that the Los Angeles Chargers are pursuing Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach, wouldn’t it be fitting that the team also drafted his running back?
With Austin Ekeler expected to depart, the Chargers will be on the market for a running back either via free agency or the draft. Donovan Edwards became the forgotten man at Michigan, but quickly reminded folks of how good he can be. His high energy approach to the game would give a jolt to the Bolts’ offense with or without Harbaugh at head coach.
As far as his fit in Los Angeles, Edwards is a little bigger than Ekeler and as long as there isn’t too much pressure on him as a rookie, he can morph into a productive back because of his size and versatility. Here is what his Michigan coach had to say about him early in the college season.
“He’s an outstanding back because he can do all the things,” Harbaugh said when asked if there was any concert with Edwards due to his slow start. “He can run outside the tackles, he can run inside the tackles, he can pass protect, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield and get open. So to answer your question, absolutely nothing wrong with Donovan Edwards.”
In all, his toughness, elusiveness and resilience make him a good mid-round pick for any NFL team. But for teams who still have the running game as the fuel for their offense, Edwards would be a good value pick and possibly a steal given what he can do and what he’s shown he can do.